Aug 11, 2014
A blessing by Kahu Brian Boshard was performed at the Keahuolū Historic Preserve Area to commence work on the preserve's natural trail system. The small ceremony was followed by an orientation and cultural
briefing by cultural descendant and monitor Nicole Lui for all project workers, including a dedicated team from Isemoto Construction Company, as well as Pacific Legacy archaeologists Rowland Reeve and Ruth Aloua, project manager Ken Melrose, and QLT staff members Laura Dierenfield, Mana Purdy and Kehau Harrison.
In addition to the trail system, plans call for the outplanting of native plant species and the building of several halau for shade and rest along the woodchip trail. The project is scheduled for completion before the end of the year and is the final phase of mitigation efforts related to construction of the Ane Keohokālole Highway.
Located adjacent to the Kepoʻokalani Interpretive Center, the 25-acre Keahuolū Historic Preserve Area was set aside in perpetuity by the Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust to preserve and protect the historic and cultural resources of Keahuolū, and to provide a place where Trust beneficiaries, their families and related community and educational groups can understand and appreciate the lives of those who lived and worked this land, once a 16th Century farm and part of the Kona field system that enabled many tens of thousands of Native Hawaiian families to thrive in ancient times.