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The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust group (HILT.org) is an internationally respected land conservancy organization. On Saturday, an eager crew of 34 visitors came to visit Kaneiolouma as part of the organization’s “Talk Story on the Land” educational series. The tour was guided by Rupert Rowe, Po’o of Hui o Kāneiolouma, along with historian Randy Wichman and cultural representative Canen Ho’okano.

The Grand Hyatt Kaua’i and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association organized their annual tour of Kaneiolouma. Guided by Randy Wichman, project historian, the day’s theme was “The Collective Spirit of the Hawaiian Culture.” Later in the day there was a dedication ceremony held at the Hyatt for Aunty Stella’s Tranquility Garden. Stella Burgess was closely related to the Kaneiolouma project, and was the honored director of Hawaiian culture for the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i.

Keao NeSmith, PhD (pictured above) along with Randy Wichman, project historian, and Dave Wellman, PLS were invited to speak at this year’s Society for Hawaiian Archeology Conference. Held at the University of Hawai’i Hilo, their presentation was titled “Kaneiolouma, Kaua’i – A Renaissance.” The focus was on the history of the site, the cultural significance and revival, and applied science and technology.

Kamehameha Schools Student Visit

by admin on October 7, 2014

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Nearly 100 students from Kamehameha Schools visited Kaneiolouma on this warm October morning. Randy Wichman, project historian, treated the enthusiastic crowd with a dynamic presentation on the cultural importance of this ancient Hawaiian village.


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Great progress is being made on this important cultural site. Guided by Hui Malama O Kaneioloma, Phase One of the Manokalanipo Wall finished on time and on budget. Fund raising is now underway for Phase Two, the reconstruction of the interior walls, hale, Ki’i, cultural sites, taro patches and fish ponds.

2014 Aerials of Kaneiolouma

by admin on September 26, 2014

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Hui Malama O Kaneiolouma is sincerely grateful to the island helicopter companies for this year’s flight time. Mauna Loa Helicopters have generously supported us for the last four years. Jack Harter Helicopters donated an important flyover for our historians. Sunshine Helicopters provided a spectacular morning flight for our video crew.

Accompanied by historian Randy Wichman and Keao NeSmith, the Polynesian dance group known as Toa Huhina, from Tahiti, honored Kaneiolouma with a visit. Toa Huhina conducted formal Polynesian opening ceremonies followed by performances of dances of the Marquesas Islands at this year’s Heiva I Kauai festival in Kapaa. Learn more about Toa Huhina on their Facebook page.

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This year Kaneiolouma was featured as part of the 2014 Koloa Days public events. With a strong turnout of over 50 people, historian Randy Wichman and cultural representative Canen Ho’okano led a fascinating tour. This tour gave the rare opportunity for locals to learn more about the rich Hawaiian history of the Poipu area and to ask questions about the progress of the restoration project. Mahalo to all who braved the warm afternoon sun to share their aloha and support.


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Kaneiolouma received a well organized visit from our friends at Hawaiian Islands Land Trust this Saturday.

Offered as part of their Talk Story on the Land series of public educational events, this day provided many of their members with a fascinating look at the history of this sacred site. Mahalos for the great aloha and enthusiasm offered by this important group for the restoration project.

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On this fine June morning Kaneioluma was fortunate to receive a visit from members of the Kauai Visitor’s Bureau. Sue Kanoho, Executive Director, and her associates enjoyed a walking tour of the Heiau guided by Randy Wichman and Rupert Rowe, Po’o of Kaneiolouma. Learn more about Kauai Visitor’s Bureau on Facebook.

Kaneiolouma: Rebirth of an ancient Hawaiian village in Poipu

May 5, 2014 Restoration News

Article by Pamela Varma Brown, for Garden Island News If you listen with your heart while walking near the ancient Hawaiian village of Kaneiolouma in Poipu on Kauai’s South Shore, you will hear the sounds of this thriving Hawaiian community as it was when it was alive: Hawaiians speaking their own language; growing, catching and [...]

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2013 Aerials of Kaneiolouma

October 30, 2013 Progress Reports

View Photos > 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 [...]

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Kamehameha Student Visit

October 8, 2013 Cultural Studies

View Photos > Students from the Kamehameha School visited the Heiau as part of their fall break Cultural Explorations 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!

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Visit from Mayor Bernard Carvalho

October 3, 2013 Progress Reports

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

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Visit from Hawaii Community Foundation

September 26, 2013 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 [...]

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Kamehameha School Staff Visits Kaneiolouma

August 30, 2013 Restoration News

View photos > 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 [...]

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Dedication Ceremony for Hawaiian Ki’i Statues

July 20, 2013 Restoration News

View Photos » 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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Ki’i Statue Installation on Poipu Road

July 20, 2013 Restoration News

View Photos » 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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Kaneiolouma Story in Garden Island News

July 20, 2013 Restoration News

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 [...]

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Kaneiolouma Featured on KHON2 News

July 19, 2013 Restoration News

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 [...]

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Preparations Made for Hawaiian Ki’i Statues

July 19, 2013 Upcoming Events

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 [...]

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Building the Manokalanipo Wall, Phase One

April 26, 2013 Progress Reports

View Photos » Ho’owili Road was constructed in 1962 as part of the Poipu Road expansion. The wall now rests on this disturbed road bed leaving room for an internal buffer corridor of 10 to 20 feet before the cultural sites begin. This is ideal for movement with minimum impact. Billy Fields is a Hawaii [...]

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Hawaiian Pueo Blesses Kaneiolouma Project

April 20, 2013 Restoration News

View Photos » (photos by Tyson Gomez) On this day a Hawaiian Pueo (owl) came by for a visit and caused quite a bit of wonderment. News of this blessing traveled fast across the island. Cultural transformation can have many faces, and events like this can strengthen purpose. The Pueo (Asio flammeus sandwichensis) is a [...]

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3D Mapping Lays Groundwork for Restoration

February 25, 2013 Progress Reports

View Photos » There are many overlapping phases underway to set the stage for the restoration work ready to begin on this ancient Hawaiian village in Poipu. One of the most advanced technological efforts involves the skills of internationally recognized surveyor Dave Wellman. Wellman runs AutoCAD software, Starnet computation software, Leica survey and Trimble GPS [...]

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2012 Aerial Photos

October 29, 2012 Kokua & Mahalos

View Photos In this year’s aerial photography by Kaneiolouma historian Randy Wichman, there is a great deal of progress documented at the site. The entire perimeter wall of the sporting arena is now viewable, along with the terraced seating areas and intact walls, some reaching over ten feet high. Also revealed this summer by the [...]

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Visit from Archaeologist Patrick Kirch

October 23, 2012 Restoration News

Kaneiolouma historian Randy Wichman discusses the Kaneiolouma project during a recent visit by Mr. Patrick Kirch, Director of the Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory.

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Visit from Pua Aiu of the State Historic Preservation Division

October 22, 2012 Restoration News

Pua Aiu, Administrator of the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD), honors Kaneiolouma with her fist visit to the ancient village site.

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Makahiki Opening Ceremony

October 21, 2012 Restoration News

View Photos Images of the Makahiki opening ceremony at Kaneiolouma in Poipu, Koloa. Gifts of native plants and Aloha are brought to the Heiau and distributed to the four directions and blessed by visiting cultural practitioners from neighboring islands. The Makahiki season is a special time of year for ancient Hawaiians. At one time Kaneiolouma [...]

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September Clean Up

September 9, 2012 Restoration News

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County Prepares Road for Kaneiolouma

September 6, 2012 Restoration News

View Photos & Video > Many Mahalos to the hard-working crew from the County of Kauai for their efforts in clearing the perimeter road side in preparation for the security wall survey.

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Visit from Alexander & Baldwin

August 29, 2012 Restoration News

Mr Tom H. Shigemoto, Vice President of A&B Properties, Inc., visits the Kahua o Kaneiolouma complex and receives a guided tour from historian Randy Nāwa‘a Wichman and Rupert Rowe, Po’o of Kaneiolouma.

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Visit from County of Kauai

August 22, 2012 Restoration News

View Photos > Mr. Edmund P.K. Renaud, Chief of Field Operations & Maintenance and his assistant visit the Kaneiolouma site in preparation for perimeter security wall survey by County of Kauai.

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August Clean Up

August 19, 2012 Restoration News

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Kaneiolouma Visits Nu‘alolo Kai with Hokule‘a

July 20, 2012 Kokua & Mahalos

View photos > Kaneiolouma journeys to Nu’alolo Kai as guests of the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana along with Mayor Bernard Carvalho and members of the County Council.

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Visit from OHA Trustees

June 8, 2012 Restoration News

Kaneiolouma Po’o Rupert Rowe welcomes Mr. Robert K. Lindsey Jr., Trustee, and Jeremy Kama Hopkins, Trustee Aide, from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

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Visit from Poipu Beach Resort Association

June 6, 2012 Kokua & Mahalos
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Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha Visit

March 15, 2012 Cultural Studies

View photos > On their journey through the islands, this group of young Hula dancers and their teachers from made a visit to Kaneiolouma. The mission of Na Maka O Pu’uwai Aloha is to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language by educating the haumana (students) through music and dance with Hula.

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New Kaneiolouma Videos

January 4, 2012 Kokua & Mahalos

We have some great new videos online here. The videos were produced by a talented artist and good friend, James Aikman. Our most sincere Mahalo goes to the companies whose generosity made these videos possible, including: The Mayor and County of Kauai Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Mauna Loa Helicopters Living Foods Kukui’ula Village Young Brothers Shipping [...]

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2011 Kamehameha High School Visit

June 5, 2011 Cultural Studies

The students from Oahu’s Kamehameha High School football team visited Kauai for three days this year, from June 2-4, 2011. Braving fierce thunder and lightning storms in their tents, Head Coach Dave Stent and his team made a great contribution to the ongoing efforts to clean up this great Hawaiian cultural resource. A total of [...]

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October 2010 Clean Up

October 25, 2010 Progress Reports

Kaneiolouma Heiau Clean Up — A good day of clean up at the site with more than a dozen hard working volunteers. Lots of weeds cleared, walls cleaned, and brush burning. Mahalo.

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Citizens Gain Stewardship of Po‘ipu Heiau

July 23, 2010 Restoration News

Source: Garden Island News – LIHU‘E — An agreement between the County of Kaua‘i and the Hui Malama O Kaneiolouma, Friday, will help breathe new life into the Kaneiolouma Heiau located in Po‘ipu. Currently shrouded by screens of haole koa and guinea grass, the heiau is comprised of three components — religion, agriculture and aquaculture [...]

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2010 Kamehameha High School Visit

June 5, 2010 Cultural Studies

The upcoming senior class students from Oahu’s Kamehameha High School football team help clean the site in June, 2010. Kaneiolouma extends a great Mahalo to Head Coach Dave Stent and the Kamehameha team.

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