North Kohala Coastline near Kauhola Point
One of the reasons I love living on the Big Island of Hawaii so much is the fact that there are so many diverse areas to explore. As a member of E Mau Na Ala Hele, today I had the rare opportunity to walk back in time with mo`olelo (traditional stories) and kama`Äina knowledge shared by Kohala native and Hawaiian historian, Fred Keakaokalani Cachola.
Our journey took us from Kapaaiki Pt. to Kauhola Pt. From ancient times, this area has served hundred of thousands of native Hawaiians and others from the plantation era to the present as a scenic, relaxed recreation area.
Fred Keakaokalani Cachola explains the historical significance of the Kapaau area
Our group gathered at the Kohala Civic Center (by the King Kamehameha statue) to begin our eventful day. Our special guest and guide explained to us the immense cultural and historical significance of the area we were about to explore. He grew up in this area himself and has spent many years studying and living for the recreational enjoyment and spiritual inspiration that these sacred grounds offer to us all.
We heard the stories of how King Kamehameha the Great was prophesied to unite the Hawaiian Islands as we walked the very ground that the young King did in his youth. I was fascinated with his descriptions of the place names of Kohala associated with Naeole’s flight with the infant Kamehameha from Kokoiki to Awini.
Scenic North Kohala Coastline
Uncle Fred told us about usage of this area during WWII as a training ground for the marines. He would watch the troops training for landings in the strong winds and rugged terrain to prepare them for their missions oversees.
He and his friends followed the marine vehicles to the coast, and were enthralled watching their maneuvers for hours. His eyes lit up when he told how the marines generously offered them sea rations at the end of the day. What treasured memories of his boyhood days he was able to share with us!