Hawea, Kapalua

Size: 2 acres
Year Protected: 2004
Land Protection Strategy: HILT Conservation Easement
Conservation Values: Seabird nesting protection, public shoreline access, cultural sites
Land Features: Marine shoreline, coastal bluffs


about hawea

Situated in the ahupua‘a of Honokahua, this easement is an important nesting and breeding site for the ‘ua‘u kani wedge-tailed shearwater.   Thanks to the efforts of a local Napili resident, Isao Nakagawa, this colony grew from a handful of ‘ua‘u kani in the early 2000's to over 400 today.  Coastal trails allow easy access to much of the property.  Originally, this land was given to Maui Open Space Trust and in 2004 donated a conservation easement to Maui Coastal Land Trust.  

In the late 1960's, Archaeologist, Patrick Kirch, conducted an archaeological study there and determined that it may have been an ‘inamona (kukui nut relish) production site.   Samuel Kamakau suggests that Hawea Point was sacred to hewahewa, Kamehameha I’s kahuna.

Hawea Point was likely named after a famous drum brought by La‘amaikahiki from Kahiki.


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