The 3,400-acre ahupua‘a of Keahuolū in Kona spans along the ocean and up to the mauka agricultural lands. Keahuolū is both undeveloped and developed, and includes fee-simple and leased-fee interests.
Keahuolū Camping Program
The trustees of the Liliʻuokalani Trust have set aside land to be used, in perpetuity, for the benefit of Native Hawaiian children so that they may enjoy an ʻohana-oriented camping experience. Located between Kailua-Kona town and Honokōhau Harbor are two campgrounds nestled along the Keahuolū shoreline. Halepaʻo is a sandy beach surrounded by a grove of milo trees with a swimming area and tide pools. Hiʻiakanoholae is a sandy beach to the north of Halepaʻo with tide pools, blowholes, and deep ocean waters.
The Trust is committed to preserving the Keahuolū shoreline, including its rich historic, cultural and natural resources. Many reminders of our ancestors exist here, with its wahipana (sacred places) and other treasures unique to this ʻaina. Campers must be mindful and respectful of this special place. (We encourage you to learn more about our mālama ʻāina programs specific to Keahuolū. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us!)
Camping Eligibility Requirements: To register to camp at Keahuolū, your child must be a minor (17 years of age or younger) and you must have an electronic copy of your child’s birth certificate showing proof of Hawaiian ethnicity.
Check-in and Check-out Procedures: On day of arrival, check-in and pick-up the gate transmitter at Liliʻuokalani Trust 74-5490 Makala Blvd, Kailua Kona, HI 96740. Office hours: 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. On day of departure, drop gate transmitter, parking permit, and Lawaiʻa Report into black drop box on the outside of the main gate (at any time). Unreturned property will result in suspension of camping privileges.
For those arriving on weekends or holidays, check-ins are by appointment only. Appointments must be made during office hours, 8am-4pm, Mon-Fri. Weekend and holiday check-in appointments will be scheduled between 8am-11am. Please call (808) 238-3120 to schedule an appointment.
Campground Orientation Videos:
The Trust’s 700 acres of Kona properties include the Kona Industrial Park and five shopping centers.
The Kona Industrial Park consists of 77 acres in Kailua-Kona and includes the leased fee interests in 45 industrial lots and the fee simple interests in the Kuakini Center and the B&K Commercial Park.
The Lili‘uokalani Trust also owns the leased fee interest in the following five shopping centers located in the Kailua-Kona urban core:
The Trust is working toward a master plan for Keahuolū, a proposed mixed-use, mixed-income planned community on the Island of Hawai‘i. Located immediately north of the urbanized core of Kailua-Kona, Keahuolū is the Trust's most significant undeveloped piece of land; the resulting project is envisioned as a model of next generation sustainable community development. The Trust's current objective is to successfully navigate the State and local entitlement process, so that 1,300 acres of the site can be developed beginning in 2017.
Aerial maps of the land plan area within Keahuolu and within the greater Kona regional context are available at the following links:
The Trust’s long-term goals for the project are to:
The Trust continues to pursue new projects to utilize Trust land to ensure continued growth and stability.
Kepo‘okalani Interpretive Center
The Interpretive Center at Keahuolū serves as the gateway to the adjacent 25-acre Historical Preserve and a place where Trust beneficiaries, their families and related community and educational groups can be introduced to the natural and cultural history of the ahupua‘a. The building, named Kepo‘okalani in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s great grandfather, houses several exhibits and displays some of the artifacts and cultural materials unearthed during data recovery excavations conducted within the bordering Ane Keohokālole Highway corridor.
It is the Trust’s intention that the Interpretive Center and the 25-acre Historical Preserve serve the dual purposes of preservation and education. While the Preserve provides for the protection and long-term preservation of the area’s archaeological, cultural, and natural resources, the Interpretive Center is intended to be a place of growth and learning. The ahupua‘a of Keahuolū possesses a rich and varied cultural history and, through the Interpretive Center and the Historical Preserve, beneficiaries and others can learn about the history of Keahuolū in all of its richness and detail. The traditional house platforms, clearance mounds and other structural remains within the Preserve can serve as touch stones through which visitors can begin to envision the life of the area’s early residents.
For a closer look at the rich history of the ahupua’a of Keahuolū and the historic preserve, please watch our “Keahuolu” video here: