AHU A ʻUMI HE KUAPAPA HAWAIʻI: A RESTORATION PLAN FOR AHU A ʻUMI
Keauhou 2, Hawaiʻi - Kamehameha Schools
At the request of Kamehameha Schools, Nohopapa Hawaiʻi, LLC completed a two-phase project at Ahu a ʻUmi, Keauhou 2 Ahupuaʻa, Kona, Hawaiʻi Island. The first phase of this project consisted of vegetation clearing, archaeological monitoring and documentation, and a site conditions assessment for the Ahu a ʻUmi site.
The second phase involved the creation a restoration plan for the area based on archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data. This site represents one of the most important cultural sites in Hawaiʻi as it is tied directly to the story of ʻUmi-a-Līloa one of the most important historical figures in our past that has helped to unify the people both politically and also genealogically. The name of this report is entitled “ʻAhu a ʻUmi, he kuapapa Hawaiʻi” meaning “ʻAhu a ʻUmi, a unifying foundation of Hawaiʻi (Island)”. This report created a framework for the spectrum of management options that range from preservation to restoration of this particular site and provides recommendations as to how it can play a role in the re-empowerment of our Hawaiian people again.