Official Web Site of Heiau Keau Kukui `Ula Historic Preserve

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JANUARY 7 @ 10 A.M.
FEBRUARY 4 @ 10 A.M.

Meeting is held in Pualani Estates at a Chairperson's home. Schedule is subject to change. Seating is limited. Please call in advance 808.327.9792 or email email the Hui to confirm your attendance. Mahalo!

HEIAU PRESERVATION HUI:

K. Kealani Winter - CoC
R. Likeke Bumanglag - CoC
J. Nohea Alexander - R&DM

HEIAU RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION (RDSC) HUI:

J. Nohea Alexander
R&D Committee Mgr.

(Now accepting applications for new members.)

Contributingl Heiau Members:

Sharon Alexander
JR Rosario
Delbert Smith
Roger Farnsworth

HISTORY LINKS:
History Articles 1 through 6

Mission Statement: The Historic Preservation Site Committee (HPSC) seeks to manage, preserve, collect, and interpret the cultural resources of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau...


Aloha Kākou!

This web site has been created to communicate the on-going progress and activities of the heiau as it evolves into the future. It will also share the heiau's historic significance, its use, and information relevant to the preservation of Hawaiian Culture.

The Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau is located within the Pualani Estates at Kona subdivision, below the town of Holualoa. The historic cultural preservation plan was established between the State of Hawai`i, Hawai`i County, Pualani Estates of Kona, and residents of Hawai`i Island. Pualani Estates, as the Community Curatorship Organization, is proud to be a partner in the preservation of this sacred Hawaiian treasure. Without the agreement between the State and Community, Pualani Estates would not exist as it does today. We are one of a handful of developments on the Big Island to be fortunate--and privileged--to have an open-space heiau as well as a Hawaiian cultural treasure.

The heiau grounds (including its perimeter) is currently under restoration and off-limits to anyone except authorized individuals. Violators are subject to Chapter 6E-11, Hawai`i Revised Statutes.

SCHEDULED PUBLIC EVENTS AT HEIAU

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NEWS

heiau videos 12/5/2018 CORAL CLEAN UP CONTINUES AT HEIAU

Preservation Hui volunteers met on December 5 to begin the tedious work of removing coral fragments left behind after the initial removal of coral and the metal fence at the top of the Paulehia Street heiau stairway. The project is expected several weeks--or even months--to complete. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Preservation Hui for details.

heiau videos 11/28/2018 HEIAU HUI DISASSEMBLES UNFAVORABLE FENCE

The Preservation Hui has begun disassembling the fence that was erected by the Pualani Estates subdivision developer. Believed to be an unauthorized modification, the fence removal (previously referred to as the heiau "viewing area") is part of a new proposed plan the Hui is required to present to the Hawaiian Government Historic Preservation Department. To minimize the cost of removal, Hui members participated in its disassembly.

New research has begun to gather the necessary data and analysis (maps, photos, historical documents, interviews, etc.) to include in the new plan proposal. This project will take several weeks (possibly months) to complete.

Entry on to the heiau continues to be forbidden until such time all work has been completed, approved, and safe.

heiau videos 11/15/2018 HEIAU PRESERVATION HUI ATTENDS COUNTY OF HAWAI`I CRC SUBCOMMITEE INSPECTION REPORT MEETING ON KKU

On November 14 members of the Heiau Preservation Hui participated in the County of Hawai`i Cultural Resources Commission (CRC) meeting held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center. The island-wide teleconference meeting agenda included discussions on the La`aloa Bay Beach Park Preservation Plan, La`aloa Bay Beach Park, and the site inspection of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau surrounded by Pualani Estates.

The CRC's Subcommittee report on the stewardship of Keau Kukui `Ula was constructive, hopeful, and consequential.

The Subcommittee observed "previous modifications to the preserve [prior to the Heiau Hui assuming stewardship] are irreversible and require that the preservation plan be amended to reflect these current conditions." The alleged unauthorized site modifications were discussed in detail as to how, why, and when it occurred, including the option of penalties imposed by the Hawaiian Government. This topic has been made a top priority of the Hui. Without an amendment, the Hui will be limited in its stewardship of the preserve.

Besides the above setback, the CRC Subcommittee offered other observations. Among them:

"We find that the volunteer group [Heiau Preservation Hui] is doing an outstanding job of controlling invasive vegetation and initiating an interpretive program.."

"We believe that the Heiau Preservation Hui can successfully complete an amended preservation plan to guide future caretaking of this important site."

"We appreciate that the Heiau Preservation Hui has made efforts to decrease the size and impact of the previously constructed viewing area next to the Heiau, and we concur with their assessment that the [fence] should be removed entirely."

In addition to the Commission Chair, at least 2 other committee members and a former county councilman took note in thanking the Keau Kukui `Ula Hui and its volunteers for their kuleana and malama in managing the preserve and Preservation Plan.

After the 2 1/2 hour long CRC meeting the Hui met with an ahupua`a lineal descendant to establish a working relationship network of mana`o and resource sharing.

heiau videos 11/2/2018 HEIAU HUI MEET WITH CRC & STATE ADVISORY REPS

On November 1, at 8:30 A.M. the Heiau Hui (Committee) met with State and County representatives to review the status and compliance of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau preservation plan.

In 2008 the County of Hawai`i passed Ordinance 08-42 forming the Hawai`i County Cultural Resources Commission (CRC) with the goal of helping Federal, State, and County government agencies carry out their historic preservation responsibilities.

On this visit, the CRC began its task of researching and inventorying archaeological preservation plans in the area, as well as familiarizing themselves specifically with Keau Kukui `Ula's preservation progress.

The CRC's advisory delegation consisted of Hawai`i County Planning Staff, CRC committee members, archaeologist, and SHPD (State of Hawai`i Preservation Division) specialists. Representing the heiau hui were co-chairs K. Kealani Winter and R. Likeke Bumanglag, and committee member J. Nohea Alexander.

The tour began with a ki lei greeting and the sharing of e pule kakou. At the end of the tour an offering of ho`okupu was presented by Nicole Lui, Hawaiian Interest Genealogist and former commission member, who also provided the day's pule.

A new revised heiau and preservation plan was also introduced by the CRC and discussed in detail. Compliance and pono sustainability remain key focal points of the plan. Our Hui was able to share its mana`o of accomplishments, questions, recommendations, and concerns in carrying out the plan's requirements.

Everyone agreed that the meeting was most meaningful and "extremely beneficial" for all.

The meeting was anticipated to last "a short time." However, it prevailed for several hours until approximately 12:30 P.M., once the delegation members observed the extensive work our Hui had already accomplished. The CRC noted that we are "much more active" in stewardship practices. Members of the delegation expressed their admiration of the Hui's diligence, thoroughness, and kuleana fulfillment in meeting preservation requirements.

The CRC will present its report to the County Planning Department for discussion and review. We have also established a working partnership with the CRC and will be working closely with them and other Hawaiian Government representatives, including attending their monthly open advisory meetings.


If you enjoy doing volunteer work and want to join efforts that are making a difference, consider joining our Hawaiian culture preservation hui (committees). Many of the over 37 historical structures that once marked our coastline have been obliterated, ravaged and/or obscured by excessive developments, neglect, and time. Our hui's enormous undertaking to preserve our Hawaiian heritage is to ensure the protection, preservation, and restoration of the Keau Kukui `Ula Heiau for the benefit of future generations. Hele mai! Come join us!

TO CONTACT
THE PRESERVATION COMMITTEE:

Keau Kukui `Ula Preservation Committee
c/o Hawaiiana Management Company, Ltd
Palani Court - Suite 215
74-5620 Palani Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Phone: (808) 930-3218
Fax: (808) 331-1743
E-mail: heiaupreservation@pualaniestatesatkona.com

HEIAU STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Kealani "Kate" Winter
Likeke "Ric" Bumanglag
Nohea "Jeff" Alexander

RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Nohea "Jeff" Alexander - Manager

TO VOLUNTEER CONTACT US

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