Size: 35 acres
Year Protected: 2015
Land Protection Strategy: HILT Conservation Easement
Conservation Values: Shoreline, ancient cultural and archaeological sites
Land Features: Kiawe trees and grassland
ABOUT KAIHOLENA SOUTH
35 acres of coastline along the North Kohala Coast is Kaiholena South where HILT holds a conservation easement. Permanently protected in partnership with the Ala Kahakai Trail Association and several other partners. The name “Kaiholena” evokes the sea (kai) and lena (to stretch or bend). This name perfectly describes the protected parcel which bends out into the ocean a short distance south of Lapakahi State Historical Park.
The Kaiholena ahupua‘a is still one of the most important areas on Hawai‘i Island – a place where, in 1848 – the time of the mahele, Chief Kamakahonu and Chief Kaopua traded their ancestral lands on O‘ahu to secure the rights to Kaiholena. These lands at Kaiholena were the fifth and thirty-fifth registered properties in the mahele documents. The ahupua‘a of Kaiholena is one of the few whose boundaries extend to the horizon. Kaiholena was once a thriving community as remnants of heiau, massive halau, burial sites, and village complexes are still visible. Kaiholena has been said to have the most numerous, pre-contact intact cultural and archaeological sites in Hawai‘i with over 200 sites that qualify for the National Historic Register found there.