This portion of the Ala Kahakai was last improved in 1871, hence the name "1871 Trail." Located along the trail is the Alahaka ramp, built in the mid-1800s to replace a rope/ladder used to reach the top of steep cliffs.
Constructed of unmodified lava rock, the mortarless L-shaped Great Wall is 965 feet long, 12 feet high, and 18 feet wide with both of its ends terminating near the ocean's edge.
The wall forms a barrier on the land side of the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau also preserves the 1871 Trail, part the Ala Kahakai, an ancient system of trails that encircled the Island of Hawai'i and connected the villages along the coast.
This is an opportunity for our local youth to learn hale building skills through hands-on experience under the supervision of Uncle Walter Wong, certified traditional hale builder.
We are looking for applicants with the desire to perpetuate the knowledge of building Hawaiian hale and entering an exciting new career pathway.
Built in the late 1700s and abandoned in the mid-1920s, the village area offers insights into the transitional period after European discovery when Hawaiian culture was changing rapidly, but people still continued to follow the traditional routines and customs of daily life.
Also located along the trail is the Keokea (traditional Hawaiian unit of land) of Honaunau including Pu'uhonua o Honaunau was purchased by Charles Reed Bishop, an American businessman and philanthropist, as a gift for his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, an and descendant of the royal House of Kamehameha.
For more information, visit the National Park Service Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park website or call 808-328-2326.
Keōua is actively recruiting haumana for our Hale o Ho’oponopono restoration project.
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