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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.