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Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark

big island/
Beaches/Public Recreational

Kaahumanu Pl
Kailua-Kona, 96740

Historical, Family Friendly

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    Open 24 hours
Historical, Family Friendly

Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark

Home To The Big Island's Old King

Nestled within the enchanting grounds of the King Kamehameha Hotel lies the iconic Kamakahonu, a site with a documented history tracing back to 1812. While the passage of time brought about destruction to many of its structures, a remarkable restoration effort took place between 1975 and 1977. This endeavor meticulously reconstructed numerous historical landmarks, setting the stage for Kamakahonu's recognition as a National Historic Landmark. The site was nominated for this prestigious designation in the late 1970s, a testament to its enduring cultural and historical significance.

Kamakahonu boasts a rich and diverse history that encapsulates the essence of Hawaii. It was within these hallowed grounds that the revered King Kamehameha I spent his twilight years, making profound contributions to his realm. Some of the most pivotal measures of his reign were implemented here, leaving an indelible mark on Hawaii's history.

Furthermore, Kamakahonu is the very place where the first missionaries set foot in Hawaii in 1820. Their arrival marked a pivotal moment in the Islands' history, and they obtained the king's gracious permission to remain in the land.

This cherished landmark stands as one of Hawaii's most historically significant sites, with its unique blend of cultural and historical importance. As you explore Kamakahonu, you step into the footsteps of Hawaiian royalty and those who played a vital role in shaping the destiny of these beautiful islands.

Please note that this list of Hawaii's historic properties is provided as a public service by the Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official roster of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For precise information regarding official designations and determinations of eligibility, we recommend contacting the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.

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