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Hulopoe Bay and Lanai City are just the beginning of what this beautiful islet has to boast. Discover unforeseen adventures on the country lanes and find your own private heaven on this remote islet. The Lanai provides extra luxuries and seclusion, with a mixture of tranquility and country cuisine.
It is an ideal place for those with the spirit of adventures that only a privately owned holiday resort can offer. Spend a little of your free day relaxing and rejuvenating and find out why Lanai is known as Hawaii's Most Enticing Isle.
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The Kaunolu Village Site is situated on the island of Lanai. The old fishermen's village, which had been under occupation since at least 1400, was made up of a multitude of sacred buildings, priestly homes and insulated petoglyphs. This was a Pu'uhonua (refuge) and a place frequented by the ruling Hawaiians and important guides when the Hawaii islands were a united and autonomous kingdom.
Today the Kaunolu village site is the biggest remaining ruin of a traditional Bawaiian town. It is very well conserved and spans almost all phases of Hwaiian civilization. The Kaunolu Town Site is located on the southerly seaboard with views of Kaunolu Bay, which provided a protected mooring for canoeing.
It is made up of two historical towns on the ridge of Kaunolu Gorge: Kealiakapu to the east and Kaunolu to the west. This area is very dry and the brook in the gorge is seasonally vulnerable to torrents, but the shallow water off the coast is incredibly abundant in fish and has been caught for centuries.
Around 86 houses, 35 stonehouses, 9 mounds of rocks that mark tombs, and more than 30 free standing monasteries mark the area. Halulu Heiau, Schreine and Pu'uhonua are in Kaunolu, as well as squares, patios and gardens. Archaeologists have also found 11 other houses that were the residence of ali'i (chieftains).
Kealiakapu is helped by remnants of metal and potteries from ancient Hawaii. Houses, tombs, gardens, chimneys and stonehouses are located in the area. There are houseplatforms ranging from one floor to three floors, and some houses have used the remnants of a patio, an interior area and stonepapamu "boards" to create conanes, a similar to queenish.
At the beginning of the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, ali'i and ali'i'ai meoku (chief of an island) had housing estates in the area. Kaunolu was a favourite fishermen's town from about 1778 to the 1800', during the Kamehameha I. rule, because of its magnificent sea ressources and breathtaking views.
Kamehamehaha I had a love for sea angling and went to Kaunolu to go angling and relaxing. Today it is a favourite place for local residents and tourists. Kaunolu inhabitants also produced Petroglyph, a type of rockscape, throughout the town. Petroglyphic images with abstracted icons, man statues, birds and wildlife can be found in resting places and places such as caverns, slopes and hollows, along the path to and near the Heiulu site, at the borders and along the path to Halulu heliau.
Petoglyphs have a particular meaning in terms of Hawaii' domestic and international haweiian culture, Hawaii' historical background, religious and human well-being. Halulu Helioau is in good condition and was reconstructed by Kamehameha I after he conquered Lanai Island at the beginning of the 19th century. This was one of the last hot on the hawaiian island before Kamehameha I's second and lastborn, Liholiho, put an end to the hooded system and ruined most of the hot on the island.
Halulu Heiau also had an associated pu'uhonua (refuge), a secure haven for all who had broke hood and for non combatants and conquered or conquered soldiers in wartime. Hood was the Hwaiian system of worship, politics and society that determined every facet of the day.
Humans who broken the hood were persecuted by soldiers until they were either caught and slain or found shelter in a pu'uhonua. When he reached the Pu'uhonua, he went hot and asked the god forgiveness. Halulu Weiau was the only Pu'uhonua on Lanai Isle.
Kahekili's Leap, a rocky outcrop on the southern bank, is also on the site. Kahekili, ali'i'ai morning of Maui and a Kamehameha competitor, checked Lanai in the latter 1700' and liked to go to Kaunolu. One of the rocks that appears just off the coast, known as Kaneapua Island, is also associated with the Kaunolu Village Site.
Traditionally, the ancient Hwaiian deities Kane, Kanaloa and Kaneapua used to live on Kaunaloa and on the island of Kaneapua there is a small Ko'a (fishing shrine) to which Kaneapua is ascribed. In the 1880s the villagers began to decrease and the area was finally given up. Today the town has been conserved because of its historical value.
The Kaunolu Village is a holy place, but it is possible to go on a 3.5 miles self led itinerary.