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Nā Moku O Nā Kālai Waʻa - Nā Kālai Waʻa Sites

Nā Kālai Waʻa owns, leases or manages several sites along the Kohala/Kona coast. These sites are used for Nā Kālai Waʻa and Community programs. Here is a list of our sites and their accessibility.

Hale Hōʻea - Hāwī, Kohala

Hale Hōʻea is a ten acre parcel of land located in Hāwī, Kohala. It has been donated to Nā Kālai Waʻa by Kimball Smith, a long time resident of North Kohala. The donation was made to Nā Kālai Waʻa because of its dedication to the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and land stewardship in Hawaiʻi.

Hale Hōʻea is currently being developed to be a community resource center.  Hale Hōʻea currently has a two bedroom, two bathroom house available for community to rent for educational purposes, along with a Quonset hut that is currently used as a workshop.


Māhukona, Kohala

Māhukona is a significant land area for navigation practices. It is around this area that the winds shift from the heavy channel winds to lighter leeward breezes.  Although this wind line can be found as far north as ʻUpolu Point or as far south as Puanui ahupuaʻa, just north of Kawaihae, it is most commonly found around this area of Māhukona. There are several significant sites in this area that are managed through the partnership of the Solomon family, the Friends of Kohala Preservation as well as the Nā Kālai Waʻa Organization.

The current land owners are the Surety Kohala Corporation as well as the Conty of Hawaiʻi. Here is a list of sites located along the coastal region of this ahupuaʻa.


Koa Holomoana Navigational heiau, Mahukona


Koʻa Holomoana

Koʻa Holomoana is a navigational heiau located on the bluffs of Kamanō bay in Māhukona. It is a cultural piko for our organization and the beginning and end of every voyage that the organization makes. Caretaking for this site has been shared with the Solomon family, lineal descendants of the heiau, Friends of Kohala Preservation as well as the Nā Kālai Waʻa organization.

Koʻa Holomoana is used primarily as a cultural site for practitioners as well as educational groups. Access to the site is gained through the Nā Kālai Waʻa organization, the Surety Kohala Management Office or directly with the family.


Hale Pāpaʻi

Hale Pāpaʻi is a small resource structure built on the southern end of Kamanō bay, where it’s panoramic views include Koʻa Holomoana heiau. The hale was dedicate to the Solomon family as the caretakers of the area. I was built with materials that closely resembled natural materials for house construction found in Hawaiʻi. This is meant to minimize the visual impact of this building on the surrounding cultural sites.

Hale Pāpaʻi is used as a community resource site for activities focused on Koʻa Holomoana heiau and surrounding areas. It is not available to public for camping.


Māhukona Warehouse

The Māhukona Warehouse is a large industrial sized structure located just off the remnants of the old railway and pier system in Māhukona bay.

The warehouse currently houses our escort vessel maintenance projects and is a shared space with Surety Kohala Corporations work projects. In the past, Nā Kālai Waʻa has used the warehouse to host large groups for short presentations related to the surrounding areas and activities.


Māhukona Railway Station

The Railway Station was constructed to facilitate the rail system that ran from Māhukona all the way into Niuliʻi, Kohala loko. It has been added to the National Register of Historic Sites because of its historic significance to the Kohala’s Historic Sugar Production.

The Station housed many educational programs at one time for Nā Kalai Waʻa but has mostly been in disuse since the 2006 Puakō earthquake. Plans are being made to renovate the station for future use by Nā Kālai Waʻa as well as other community and educational organizations.


Halau Kukui, Kawaihae and Makalii


Hālau Kukui - Kawaihae, Kohala

Hālau Kukui was originally constructed for a T.V. series in the 1990s that failed to secure a full-time broadcasting spot. The set, a large open structure with loft and an associated open air structure were then left standing and dedicated to the use of the Kawaihae community. It is currently managed by the YMCA of Waimea, who has agreed to allow Nā Kālai Waʻa the use of the structure and space to house the majority of our programs from dry dock work on our vessels to facilitating our education and community programs. Nā Kālai Waʻa has also been granted access to the associated floating dock within that portion of the Kawaihae harbor as well as a partial lease from the State of Hawaiʻi on the land surrounding these structures.

Hālau Kukui site has been used to facilitate community presentations, as a camp site for educational programs and organizations to facilitate their programs, and as a resource site for community members.

To access this site, you may contact the Nā Kālai Waʻa office or the YMCA of Waimea office.


Hālau Kaupulehu, traditional Hawaiian canoe shed

Hālau Kaʻūpulehu - Kaʻūpulehu, Kona

 Hālau Kaʻūpulehu was dedicated to the Nā Kālai Waʻa orgnazation by the owners of the Four Season and Hualalai Resort Development to honor the works of our founder Clay Bertelmann and to provide a permanent home for the canoe Mauloa. Maintenance and management of the site is shared between the Four Seasons and Hualalai Resort and the Nā Kālai Waʻa organization.

Hālau Kaʻūpulehu has been used as an educational site. A stone star compass on site serves as the perfect tool for presentations on Hawaiian navigational techniques. The hālau waʻa on site along with the canoe Mauloa, provide an excellent educational resource on traditional methods of canoe making. To access this site, please contact the Nā Kālai Waʻa offices.



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address: P.O. Box 748, Kamuela, HI 96743

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