2013 Aerials of Kaneiolouma

by admin on October 30, 2013

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For the first time in recent history, The Kāneiolouma Complex in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi is visible from the road. And four Ki’i Statues have been erected on the corner Ho’owili and Poipu Road.

The opening of this sacred Heiau has astonished many island visitors. Most people had no idea such an important historical site existed here. In this year’s aerial photography there is a great deal of progress visible on the nearly completed Phase One Manokalanipo Wall.

Hui Malama O Kaneiolouma would like to extend our most sincere Mahalo to Ben Fouts, Kevin McCarthy, and our pilot Andrew from Mauna Loa Helicopters for their generous donation of flight time and for their ongoing support of the Kaneiolouma project.

Kamehameha Student Visit

by admin on October 8, 2013

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Students from the Kamehameha School visited the Heiau as part of their fall break Cultural Explotaions program.

Cultural Practitioner Kane Turalde was on hand to talk story and answer many insightful questions. This was the third visit to the site for a number of the students!

Visit from Mayor Bernard Carvalho

by admin on October 3, 2013

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Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. speaks with Po’o Rupert Rowe about the progress being made on the Manokalanipo Wall.

Visit from Hawaii Community Foundation

by admin on September 26, 2013

in Kokua & Mahalos

This past week Kaneiolouma was honored by a visit from representatives of the Hawaii Community Foundation and the Kauai Aloha Endowment Fund, following a generous grant to the project in June of this year.

Barbara Carl, Laurie Ho, Darcie Yukimura, and Uri Lyne Martos all enjoyed a walking tour of the complex from Po’o Rupert Rowe and cultural representative Canen Ho’okano, followed by a thoughtful discussion of Hawaiian culture and history.

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Last week we were honored with a visit from the teachers and staff of the Kamehameha Schools from Oahu. Bringing gifts of tea leaves and inquiring minds, they were warmly welcomed by Rupert Rowe, Po’o of Kaneiolouma.

Randy Wichman, project historian, shared a fascinating historical overview and answered a number of excellent questions. Kane Turalde, Hawaiian cultural practitioner, was on hand to talk story and introduce the cultural significance of the site.

This visit was planned in anticipation of the day when Kamehameha Schools will be able to bring their students here, to experience a living cultural center for the Hawaiian people.

Mahalo for your visit to Kauai, and to Kaneiolouma!

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Saturday afternoon a small gathering of the local Hawaiian cultural community witnessed a special dedication ceremony for the Ki’i statues. The Kāneiolouma Complex in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi, sacred to the Hawaiian culture, is a secret no more.

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Early this morning the boom truck arrived at the corner of Poipu and Ho’owili Road. The Ki’i statues arrived on Kauai earlier this week, thanks to the cultural assistance from Young Brothers Shipping. Since then the Ki’i have been carefully watched day and night by the guardians of Hui Malama O Kaneiolouma.

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Makahiki champions Keao Ne Smith, Kaina Makua and Peleke Flores watch as the third of four kii are being installed, Saturday at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma in Poipu.

Source: Dennis Fujimoto, The Garden Island

James Kanani Kaulukukui Jr. of the Big Island was called on to carve the Ki’i. “It was a real honor to be able to do this project,” Kaulukukui said while intently watching the installation. “The Ki’i are carved out of ohia.”

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Source: KHON2 News


For decades, it was hidden beneath thick kiawe, hale koa, and overgrown weeds. It’s an ancient Hawaiian village in Poipu, Kauai that was once home to warriors who fought against Kamehameha The Great.

“This particular place Kaneiolouma is a very special, spiritual, a sacred place here on our island,” Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho said.

In 2010, the group Hui Malama O Kaneiolouma was granted official stewardship of the complex by Kauai County. Grant funds to do initial work.

“This complex is the only complex that is fully intact that has never been destroyed by man,” said Rupert Rowe with Poo Kaneioloumu. “It is a complex made out of fishponds, taro patch, living area.”

But few knew about the complex even though it was steps away from world-famous Poipu Beach. That changed 16 years ago when a small group of volunteers started to clear the land. The goal was to fully restore the village physically and spiritually.

“We sit idle too much and watch these ruins become ruins and don’t look at its importance as perpetuating these place, then all it’s going to be is just a forgotten tale,” High Chief of Maui Keeaumoku Kapu said.

The completed master plan will include educational programs and a world-class Hawaiian cultural center.

“Kaneiolouma can be an economic stimulus as well as a perpetual opportunity to look at how you can bring the communities together,” Kapu said.

On Saturday, kii or tiki will be raised in a sacred private ceremony.

“Having our generations today understand its importance as to why these places need to co-exist within the character and identity of the people of this place because this is us, this is part of us,” Kapu said.

Full restoration is expected to be completed by 2015.

“We have begun the process, the restoration has begun, the momentum is moving, resources are coming. This is Kauai’s gift to the world,” Mayor Carvalho said.

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Phase One of the Manokalanipo perimeter security wall is near completion, and there is a new constructed platform and signage at the corner of Poipu and Ho’owili Road. 

On Saturday morning, July 20, the Ki’i wooden ceremonial statues will be placed on this platform. These hand-carved 16 foot tall Ki’i are the Hawaiian gods Kāne (the god of the sky and creation), Kū (the god of war and male pursuits), Lono (the god of peace, rain, and fertility) and Kanaloa (the god of the ocean). The statues represent the four corners of Honua, the pillars in ancient Hawaiian astronomy.