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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Palauea Cultural Preserve

Photo: Palauea Cultural Preserve

The Palauea Cultural Preserve is a 20-acre property acquired by OHA in December 2012 to protect the complex of Hawaiian archaeological features, believed to be the remnants of an ancient fishing village.  The Palauea Cultural Preserve serves as a reminder of the area’s Hawaiian cultural heritage amidst the surrounding luxury residential and resort developments.

OHA is finalizing a Preservation Plan for the property that will guide its use and management into the future. The Plan has been accepted by the State Historic Preservation Division and the Maui-Lanai Islands Burial Council in Fall of 2020.

Location:
Ahupuaʻa of Palauea
Moku of Honuaʻula
Mokupuni of Maui
4505 Makena Road, Kīhei, Hawaiʻi

Acquired: 2012
Size: 20.7 acres
Zoning: Preservation
Cost to OHA: Donated by Palauea Developers
Tenure and use: Owned fee simple
Acquisition Objectives:

  • To protect and preserve at least 12 known “extremely significant” cultural sites located within the preserve, including heiau, house lots, and agricultural features
  • To protect the last intact concentration of cultural sites in the Wailea-Mākena area and celebrate the Hawaiian culture
  • To partner with the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Hawaiian Studies Department to protect, preserve, and steward the Preserve in conjunction with the Native Hawaiian community

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