Kaunamano means “multitudes are placed here,” reflecting the thriving Hawaiian fishing community that once lived and trained in lua (traditional Hawaiian martial art) on the southeastern coast of Hawai‘i Island. These 1,363-acres of Ka‘u shoreline and pasture include four miles of the ancient Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, and traditional trails leading to the hundreds of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites throughout the property. Kaunāmano boasts more than 400 ancient Hawaiian cultural sites with over 3,900 features, including Pa‘ula Fishing Village, Puhi‘ula Cave, heiau (place of worship), burial sites, petroglyphs, and pictographs.
Preserving the land will honor the stately, resilient people who once lived at Kaunamano and whose descendants continue to make Ka‘u their home. The Trust for Public Land, Ka‘ū community, Keanu Family, and many community groups such as Ka ‘Ohana O Honu‘apo are partnering with National Park Service’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail to protect Kaunamano as a living legacy of the storied district of Ka‘u.