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"Ku-ka Ku-Ka"
Talk Story time with Mama Lily

Mama Lily is a respected Kapuna for Keauhou Bay. Her presence is sometimes requested when there is a "finding" that may hold historical value to the Hawaiian culture that requires further discussion and research. Keauhou Bay is important to her as this is where she was born and raised. Mama reminds us; "you need to know what came before you".


1954 Map of Keauhou Bay

1954 Keauhou Bay

This was once a well-terraced area where royalty viewed surf-riding contests.  From about a mile offshore northwest of He’e-ia Bay, and a mile out from Pa-he’ehe’e near the boundary of Keauhou I and Kaha-lu’u, contestants rode the celebrated surf of  Ka Nalu o Ka-ulu.  The waves of Ka-ulu then continued on in the surf of Kala-pu, a little seaward of Ku-maha-‘ula  Point  right up to the now pebbly black sand of He’e-ia Bay.

Chiefs and priests, including judges of surfing contests, here assembled on a paved area 1.5 ft high, by 30 ft. width, by 50 ft. long extending northward near the cliff of He’e-ia Bay.

Here on the top of a watch tower (‘ale’o) about 30 ft. high, an umpire would wave a signal flag to start a contest between surf riders in the surf of Ka Nalu o Ka-ulu and holua-sled riders on the famous royal holua-slide which then extended about 5,000 ft. from the top of Pu’u o Kaomi-la-‘o, a hill in the upland, to a point close to He’e’-ia Bay.  The first contestant to reach the bay whether surf rider or sled rider was proclaimed victor.

Originally the royal holua-slide ended here near He’e-ia Bay where a holua idol stood.  The rocks of the lower portion of the slide, about 2,000 ft. long were unfortunately removed for various prouposes subsequent to the Great Mahele (Land Division) of 1848.  The upper half, over 3,000 ft. long and about 50 ft. wide preserved for posterity through the efforts of  Mr. J. Paris now ends about 750 ft. eastward from Keauhou Bay.

The concrete tomb of Chief Kane-hoa, a son of the noted chief Hoa-pili, close companion of Kamehameha I. Chief Kane-0hoa, grandfather of the present Hoa-pili families was a brother of Chief Maka-ina’I who lived with his family on the land where the tomb now lies.

The remnant of the foundation platform  of a royal residence of ancient King Lono-i-ka-makahiki.  When Kamehameha I became king, he and his royal family occupied this site and the area west of it to Ha’i-ka-ua Cove.  His royal canoe landing was Pueo Cove.

The remnant of a stone house foundation, with a solitary kukui tree near the middle of it here marks the birth place of  the noted Hawaiian antiquarian David Malo, son of  ‘Ao’ao and his wife He-one.  (Malo was born Feb 18,1795 and died at Ka-lepolepo, Maui October 21, 1853.

Site of Ka-moho-alii Heiau, of which only a few large stones remain.

Site where Chief Kan-hoa’s residence stood.

Cave of Mo’i-keha (Ke ana o Mo’i-keha) in which a chief Mo’i-keha hid with only his legs barely visible to escape pursuers from Ka-‘u’.  Fortunately he was undetected as thus his life was saved.

A monument to the memory of King Kahmehameha III, or Kau-i-ke-ao-uli, now in charge of the Daughters of Hawaii, here lies in an enclosure near the base of ‘Ahu-‘ula Cliff.  On this spot Queen Ke-opu’-o-lani, tabu state wife (wahine kapu) of King Kamehameha !, gave birth following a bath in the cold water of the nearby sea spring of Ku-hala-lua to the stillborn Prince Kau-i-ke-ao-uli.  Providentially he was resuscitated to become the future King.  (Born August 11, 1813; made King in June 6, 1825; married his Queen, Ka-lama, daughter of Ka-pihe-nui, February 2, 1837; died in Honolulu, December 15, 1854.

At this point, now covered, which lies about 102 ft. sourthward from the southwest corner of the monument enclosure to the seaward edge of the present road, then 15 ft. below it,  near the former north side of the now filled Ho’okuku Pond, on Pahoehoe originally about 2 ft. higher than the road.  The seemingly lifeless newborn Prince Kau-i-ke-ao-uli, through powerful prayers of the celebrated kahuna Ka-pihe-nui and by passing the undetached afterbirth (ka’iewe), over a fire to warm it (ua’olala ia ike ahi), was providentially snatched back to the land of the living, an occasion of greatest rejoicing.

A pit about 9 fathoms deep and 20 ft. in diameter known as Ka-imu-ki, lies here in Keauhou Bay, a little out from ;Ala-ihi Point.  Back of the point on the land of Ka-imu-ki, where a house now stands, was born the celebrated medical Kahuna Kamali’i-kane, of the class that skillfully diagnosed by feeling over the body (Kahuna haha).

Feather cloaks and capes (ahu-‘ula) were here aired in the sun at the south end of ‘Ahu-‘ula cliff.  Hence the name of the cliff.  Wahine-Maika’I Cove.  Here women of old bathed for ceremonial cleansing following menstruation.  Hence the name.  The rocky shore, formerly fronted by a small pebble beach has largely broken away.





Mama Lily and Lily Jr.

Interview for "Aha'i Olelo Ola
(Hawaiian Language TV) Dec. 2010

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