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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.

Kona Properties

The Trust’s 467 acres of commerical and residential properties in Kona include the Kona Industrial Park and four 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, the B&K Commercial Park, and the Kona International Market.

The Lili‘uokalani Trust also owns the leased fee interest in the following four shopping centers located in the Kailua-Kona urban core:

  • Makalapua Shopping Center (202,902 s/f Gross Leasable Area)
  • Kona Commons (144,116 s/f GLA)
  • Kona Coast Shopping Center (84,111 s/f GLA)
  • Ilima Court (38,700 s/f GLA)

Land Plan

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 in the future.

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:

  • Help fulfill its commitment to improving the lives of Hawaiian children and their families;
  • Create a long-term revenue stream (vs. short-term gain) to support ongoing programs and expand services for orphan and destitute children of Hawai‘i in perpetuity;
  • Create a place that demonstrates a better form of community development for the State of Hawai‘i.

The Trust continues to pursue new projects to utilize Trust land to ensure continued, and perpetual, growthand 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:

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