The Royal Grounds
In the past, chiefs entered the royal grounds from Keone'ele Cove by canoe. The pu (conch shell) is sounded to warn of thier approach, for it is forbidden for others to look upon or even cast their shadow on the ali'i (chiefs). As the canoe makes land fall, other members of the royal court stroll past the royal fishponds, looking for a choice fish for dinner. Other chiefs my engage in a game of konane. The spectacular golden colors of sunset play upon the vast ocean. The beauty, splendor and history of the royal grounds at Pu'uhonua o Honuanua are still felt as you take a self-guided walking tour along the trails once reserved for Hawaiian royalty.
The Royal Grounds are still considered a sacred site. Therefore, the following restrictions are in effect. No smoking, nudity, beach chairs, mats, towels, beach umbrellas, coolers, picnicking, weddings, pets and recreational activities are permitted. Please help to preserve the Royal Grounds for future generations.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the area east of the Keone‘ele Cove known as Kauwalomālie was the location of a historic and fateful meeting, in 1782, between Kamehameha and his cousin Kīwala‘ō? At the time, Kīwala‘ō was the ruling heir to the kingdom following the death of his father Kalani‘ōpu‘u. According to traditional accounts, it was during an awa ceremony when Kīwala‘ō passed the awa prepared by Kamehameha to one of his favorite chiefs, instead of honoring Kamehameha with the first drink. This event set the stage for the power struggle that ensued between them.