Family Fun in Kahana

August 8th, 2009
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Family Fun in Kahana

Kahana Valley State Park is the only state-owned ahupua‘a (the Hawaiian "pie shaped" system of land division that runs from the ocean to the mountain ridge) left in tact from prehistoric times. 

This is the perfect "natural museum". You and your ohana can learn first hand what the  "Hawaiian way of life" before the first explorers visited the island of Oahu was really like.  The windward side of the Oahu is filled with fish ponds, taro farms, and archeological sites but nowhere will you find the whole package at one site.

The park includes archaeological discoveries, a prehistoric fishpond, fishing shrine, gardens, taro lo‘i and streams. It is also home to residents with historical ties to the valley. Information on the hiking trail is provided at the orientation center. Craft work demonstrations at the fishpond, taro lo‘i and the beach are numerous. Workshops and school tours can be booked and don't be surprised if you run into the park caretakers who have generational ties to this valley. 

As you walk on the many adventure trails through out the park you will be walking the same pathways as the ancient Native Hawaiians. A hui hou!

For more information: call Renee Kamisugi, Program Coordinator, at 237 7767.
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3 Responses to “Family Fun in Kahana”

  1. Moke Young:

    Aloha,

    It's so refreshing for me to see Hawaiian's cultivating and tilling the fine soil in Hawaii that is of the worlds finest.

    I learned so much about life regarding Taro farming as my grandfather was a farmer and ranger in Waipio Valley; Valley of the King's.

    The Pupu or Escargo found in many Taro patches remains as a Hawaiian snack that is quite tasty. I loved swimming in the Taro patch while my Dad & Grandmother harvested the leaves and fruit for later consumption. The green weeds that float atop the water in the Taro patch make for an interesting encounter and I enjoyed splashing around it as a young kid.

    Kahana Valley and bay was important and the Hau trees along the beach front provide much needed shade and the curved branches used to secure the pontoon on a Hawaiian outrigger canoe.

    My family on the Big Island & the last name, Hauanio, translates to the "Bark of the Hau Tree."

    My Uncle, Ellis Kanekoa, was a master fisherman, farmer, musician and waterman that truly inspired me to be Surfer and taught us about everything he knew but most important to be a good citizen and share everything you possess! Food, money, beer, house, music, aloha & knowledge.

    My family and I spent a lot of time at Kahana Bay and my friend, Carlton Gorai, used to visit the house & property between the bridge and ocean inlet that was such a cool location!

    Crouching Lion appears to be like a protector of the valley and bay; a truly special place such as the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau; one of my favorite site in all of Hawai'i.

    I am hoping that the Kahana Valley farmers will prosper and expand their agricultural endeavor by planting everything and anything that will prosper in that cimatic zone.

    With Aloha,

    Moke Young


  2. elee:

    Moke,
    Thank you for your email. So interesting. Not many people have your kind of memories of days of old. Lucky. We shot from behind Crouching Lion and this rock formation looked more like a lion than from the road when you look up to it. Didn't expect to see this. Again thank you for sharing.


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