In the fall of this year, with the support of the County of Kauai, the grounds on the southern edge of the Heiau complex were cleared.
Guinea grass, sediment, man-made rubbish, and hurricane debris had accumulated over the years, but once removed clear waters began to flow instantly from the ancient Waiohai Spring. Within a short time the original fish pond, as mapped by Henry Kekahuna, was revealed. Long time locals and visitors alike were greatly surprised by the view of this sacred place.
Clearing the first fish pond is symbolic, not only of the life being returned to the Heiau and culture, but also as it marks the beginning of Phase Three of the restoration project as a whole. Phase Three includes the installation of interpretive signs, internal rock wall reconstruction, rebuilding traditional house sites, and fishpond & taro patch restoration.
Fundraising for Phase Three will officially begin soon, in early 2016. Private individuals, businesses and foundations are encoraged to offer their Kokua (support) for the project. Once completed, Kāneiolouma will be a cultural center for all Kānaka Maoli, and an educational resource for residents of Kauaʻi and the world.
Click on photos below to view slideshow. (Aerial photo credit Dave Wellman)