haleo luau

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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 and fish.

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.