As in days of old, when visitors to a Hawaiian home were greeted and invited in, we welcome you to walk along the Kauhale Heritage Trail. Come, be welcomed, and learn the history of this storied landscape.
The Kauhale Heritage Trail was developed under the guidance of the late Arline Wainaha Ku‘uleialoha Brede Eaton (1927–2013). Kupuna Eaton was a life-long resident of Pu‘uloa and a founding member of Hoakalei Cultural Foundation.
Along the 1/4 mile trail you'll see evidence of traditional Hawaiian life on the coastal plain of Honouliuli. Preserved here are platforms, enclosures, mounds, walls, and alignments created by the people who used this place and called it home. You will also see plants that once thrived along this coast and that would have been found in and around traditional Hawaiian coastal settlements.
The word kauhale means “group of houses.” It refers to the Hawaiian custom of building several structures for each home. The number of houses varied; a home near the shore here might include separate eating houses for men and women, a sleeping house, a cookhouse, and a canoe house.
The families who built kauhale here specialized in the ways of the lawai‘a fisher folk. They used locally available pōhaku puna (coral cobbles and slabs) to build house foundations, and they cultivated useful plants in shallow pockets of soil. It is believed that settlements along this coastline were used seasonally over successive generations by members of extended families.