8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site
Fees: No cost
Maximum capacity: 100 people
Event Description: Join us on a guided educational tour of historical Native Hawaiian sites within Kawainui State Park Reserve. Take a walking tour at Nā Pōhaku and then participate in hands-on restoration work at Ulupō Heiau! Learn cultural protocols, work to rebuild lo‘i (taro patches), and help to revitalize this ancient landscape. Enjoy local Hawaiian fare for lunch provided by Hale Kealoha.
Meet behind Windward YMCA building in Kailua: take left at YMCA lot entrance and park in wooded lot at end of the road.
What to bring: Prepare for the heat – hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Backpack, water, sneakers, water shoes, rain gear, mosquito repellent, gloves.
Tour Detail:8:30 AM - Meet at Ulupō (restrooms, water, stretch) 8:45-9:45 AM - Tour of Kawainui (bus tour – Nā Pōhaku talk-walk-about, Kaha) 9:45-10:00 AM - Protocol at Ulupō10am-12 PM - Work at Ulupō12-1:30 PM - Lunch (Hale Kealoha box lunch delivered) & Talk Story1:30 PM - Pau/ return on buses
Sponsors Name & Information: Kupu – “To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God (Ke Akua), self and others.”
Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi – “To practice, promote and perpetuate a modern native Hawaiian conservation ethic that provides for a healthy Hawaiian ecosystem nurtured by human communities and serving as a model for local and global resource management.”
Contact Person: Tara Meggett firstname.lastname@example.org 808-439-8269
Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi (AML) was formed in the early 1990s by a group of native Hawaiians to reaffirm the concept that the preservation of our native ecosystems is essential to the survival of Hawaiian people and culture. Hawaiian culture evolved in the embrace of native ecosystems -- land and sea. The Hawaiian relationship with natural settings is characterized by a deep love, respect, and knowledge of these places. AML has led the efforts of thousands of volunteers over the years toward revitalizing Kawainui, restoring the lowland forest at Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine, and continuing the recovery/reuse of ancient lo‘i (taro patches) at Ulupō Heiau (ancient temple). The AML mission is to practice, promote and perpetuate a Native Hawaiian conservation ethic relevant to our times that is responsible to both Hawaiian culture and science.This excursion will feature the history and ongoing restoration of sites with environmental and cultural importance for Native Hawaiians and the people of Kailua. Participants will take a guided bus tour of Kawainui. The tour will end at Ulupō Heiau where cultural greetings and protocols will be conducted. Ulupō Heiau is believed to be one of the first sacred temples to have been built as a "māpele" (agricultural heiau) by the first people or menehune and dedicated to Kāneulupō. Later in the reign of high chief Kuali‘i, the temple may have been reconstructed as a luakini or war temple heiau. Participants will have the opportunity to help restore the ethnobotanical and cultural features of Ulupō Heiau.Participants will enjoy Hawaiian fare for lunch provided by a Kailua, Native Hawaiian-owned restaurant, Hale Kealoha, featuring food from the land and sea that is prepared with a unique Hawaiian perspective and demonstrating how successful businesses can co-exist adjacent to Kawainui.
Level of Difficulty:
This excursion is considered easy trail walking with mild slopes at one location that are considered safe for youth and seniors. We have First Aid CPR trained staff and carry an Advance First Aid/Trauma Kit. This is a safe area however, there is always the opportunity for slips/trips/falls. In the hot and humid weather of Hawai‘i the possibility of heat illness is present. Stay hydrated. Ulupō Heiau is located near Castle Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. It may be good to know that we are 6-8 minutes away from a 911 response. Remember to take your medication and bring your medication.