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Palauea

Palauea is a 20-acre property donated to OHA for it to maintain as a cultural preserve between the towns of Kīhei and Mākena along the west coast of Maui. Among the features of the Palauea Cultural Preserve is an ancient fishing village. Other highlights of the property are agricultural sites tied to Native Hawaiian culture. The site is partly framed by lots for multi-million dollar homes, a golf club and a luxury oceanfront resort.

Location:
Ahupuʻa 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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