Directions to Haleo Luau
Keauhou means "new era". This land area has always played a significant
role in the history of Hawai'i. From the reign of Kamehameha I, Keauhou
has had many defining moments in Hawai'i's history. The first three
kings named Kamehameha were closely tied to Keauhou. In 1814, Keauhou
Bay was the birthplace of Kauikeaouli or Kamehameha III. His reign from
1825-1854, was the longest in the history of Hawaiian Monarchy.
In 1819, nearby Lekeleke was the site of a fierce battle by two opposing
heirs of Kamehameha I. Liholiho was in favor of abolishing the
traditional Hawaiian religion and its accompanying kapu (taboo) system…
Kekuakalani wanted no part of these changes. Hundreds were killed in the
battle… the last fought in Kona. When the missionaries arrived in
Hawai'i, ancient traditions clashed with new religious beliefs in the
fierce Kuamo'o Battle and the slain were laid to rest at Lekeleke Burial
Grounds, just upslope from Keauhou Bay.
Ancient Hawaiians loved
the land and waters off Keauhou. Remnants of an ancient holua (sledding
ramp), thought to be one of the longest in all Hawai'i and a surfing
heiau (temple) can be still seen today. The ahupua'a (land district
running from the mountain to the ocean) of Keauhou was known for its
rich soil and abundance, providing such staples as taro, sweet potato
On 22 spectacular oceanfront acres at Keauhou Bay, this resort offers
cultural programs, spa and fitness center, fantasy pool, waterslide,
Kona's largest meeting facilities, business center, wireless high-speed
internet access throughout, shopping and dining. A bayside Wedding
Chapel and Gazebo add a touch of romance. Observe Manta Rays most
evenings from the resort's special viewing area. And a must for every
visitor is our weekly lu'au.
This hotel is located just 30-40 minutes south of Kona's Keahole-Kona International Airport, and just a 10 minute drive south of Kailua-Kona.