Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Areas where fishponds existed and potable water could be easily obtained were the primary areas of settlement; by 1800, many of the remote area residences were abandoned, a few residents at ʻAnaehoʻomalu, several families at Puako, and the strongest population at Kawaihae.

Fast forward a few centuries … looking down on the sandy beach on a helicopter tour, Governor Bill Quinn and RockResorts head Laurence Rockefeller were scouting for beachfront sites for a possible resort use to help turn around the fledgling State’s troubled sugar-based economy.  He built Mauna Kea Beach Hotel; it opened on July 24, 1965.

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