Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Kaʻawaloa Kealakekua translates as 'pathway of the gods' and is one of the most significant historic and cultural places in Hawaiʻi. It was selected by the aliʻi as one of the seven royal centers of Kona in the 1700s, because of its sheltered bay and abundance of natural resources. Kaʻawaloa, meaning ' the distant ʻawa plant', is a flat, fan-shaped lava peninsula near sea level, which rises gradually to the edge of the 600-ft Pali Kapu O Keōua. Historically, Kaʻawaloa was the royal burial grounds of Hawaiʻi’s rulers and their families, including Kalaniʻōpuʻu, the ruling chief in power when Captain Cook sailed into Kealakekua Bay.

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