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Palauea Cultural Preserve

The Palauea Cultural Preserve is a 20-acre property acquired by OHA in 2013 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 currently developing a Preservation Plan for the property that will guide its use and management into the future.  OHA expects the Preservation Plan to be completed in early 2019.

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

Acquired: 2013
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 13 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-Makena 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

Features:

  • Site of a traditional Hawaiian fishing village
  • Archaeological remains include pre-contact religious temples (heiau), house foundations (hale), agricultural terraces, fort trails, cairns (ahu) and possibly water wells
  • More than 16 sites (or complexes) comprised of 255 features have been documented
  • Rare native Hawaiian plants documented

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