Cultural Preservation & Conservation
Hawaiian Memorial Park is committed to the preservation of the historic sites and cultural resources located on their lands. To this end, they have developed and continue to develop partnerships with community organizations to manage these wahi pana (storied landscapes) in manners consistent with traditional practices and customs.
Perhaps the most sacred resource located within the Hawaiian Memorial Park cultural landscape is Kawa‘ewa‘e Heiau. Nearly 1000 years old and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the high chief Olopana originally built this heiau as a temple. It would eventually be the site of his death at the hands of the famed Hawaiian Akua (god) Kamapua‘a. In recent years, this site and other historic sites on the property have been plagued by trespassers and vandals. HMP’s development plans include working with the area’s ancestral descendants to take appropriate steps to protect the sites sacred resources. For this reason, the exact location of resources are not being disclosed on this website or to the media.
In addition to the partnerships being developed with ancestral descendants, HMP has committed to placing all their remaining lands in a conservation easement. This easement would ensure no further development would take place on the property. This effectively leaves the entire property in conservation or open space use in perpetuity, with 128 of 156 acres remaining vegetated lands. Also, while native flora species have been identified in the area during biological surveys, no candidate, threatened, or endangered species have been identified in the project area; this is likely due to the fact that these lands were previously used for cattle ranching and industrial agriculture. This means the project activities would not adversely affect any endangered species.