Alahula Pu‘uloa he alahele na Ka‘ahupāhau
"Everywhere in Pu‘uloa is the trail of Ka‘ahupāhau"
Ka‘ahupāhau is the shark goddess of Pearl Harbor who guarded the people from being molested by the sharks. Her work is still in the minds of Hawaiians today. She moved about, constantly watching. Hawaiians use this saying to describe a person who goes everywhere and sees everything, or a person familiar with every nook and corner of a place.
Hoakalei Cultural Foundation welcomes you to the Kuapapa Preserve. The Kuapapa Preserve is maintained so you can become familiar with this nook and corner of Honouliuli history.
The preserve contains landscape features from three periods of Hawaiian history.
The oldest features are the remains of traditional Hawaiian habitation sites. They were built and maintained by generations of farmers and fishers who used them while they gathered seaweed (limu), caught migratory birds, collected shellfish, and fished for o‘opu, manini, and āholehole, among others.
During World War II, the US military made use of the lands around Pearl Harbor, including this land. The long, low pile of coral rock at one side of the preserve was probably pushed up by a bulldozer during World War II.
Most recently, a corner of the preserve was used as a piggery. Remnants of concrete foundations and construction materials are clearly visible today.