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King Kamehameha Hotel, Kailua-Kona, HI (hotel)
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
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From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-11-13 10:45 am   Permalink

Great photos, Sven!

According to
Ahu’ena Heiau Inc., the hotel and heiau were damaged by a tsunami generated by the March 2011 earthquake in Japan. This online article from Big Island News Center indicates the damage to the heiau has since been repaired.

For the history geeks among us, Henry E.P. Kekahuna did a survey of Ahu’ena Heiau in 1950. Here are several excerpts from his map of the area, courtesy of the Bishop Museum...

And here is a 1950 photo of Henry Kekahuna taken by Theodore Kelsey, a noted Hawaiian language scholar of the time, who assisted Henry in his survey of heiau...

Henry Kekahuna was a native Hawaiian born in Maui about 1881. That’s no optical illusion in the photo, as he lost a leg through an accident as a young man. It’s incredible that he accomplished so much as a gifted surveyor, mapping and exploring both on Kaua’i and Hawai’i. Henry passed away in 1969. His daughter, Ida Kamakahukilani Lee, lived to the age of 98 years, recently passing away in April of 2011.


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