The Hoakalei Cultural Foundation welcomes community members interested in learning more about in stewardship and cultural programs that enrich our lives through understanding the past. As part of this effort, the Foundation makes available educational materials, recent and historic photographs, and a variety of maps that document activities at the Ahu, Kuapapa, and Kauhale Preserves, and the history of Hoakalei and Honouliuli.
Sharing knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next is a key means of preserving and perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture.
In the future, educators will be able to download curriculum materials for their classrooms from our website.
For now, we will post copies of the educational materials given to participants in our workshops and programs, as well as historic information.
Mahalo for helping us in our efforts to ensure good stewardship of the land and heritage of the ‘Ewa Plain.
Our photo albums chronicle the history of Honouliuli and the development of the Kauhale, Kuapapa, and Ahu Preserves. Because the Honouliuli coast was largely abandoned after the Māhele and only minimally developed after World War II, there are few historic photographs of the region. This situation began to change in the last decades of the twentieth century when a growing population pushed residential development away from its original concentration around the port of Honolulu and into ‘Ewa District.
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Maps provide a rich source of information for the historian interested in land use. Old maps of Honouliuli show pastures and sugar cane fields where today there are homes, schools, and shopping centers. Taken together, the maps provide a chronicle of changing relationships of people and land, leading to the ‘Ewa community we know today.
Looked at another way, maps indicate how map-makers saw the land. Early maps show the landscape populated with names of places known to residents. Later maps have a few of these names, but concentrate instead on the economic potential of the land and the nature of the built environment. Most of the maps were prepared by, or for, a government agency. Many of the maps reflect the government's role in regulating the private property relations introduced to Hawai‘i during the Māhele in the mid-nineteenth century.