H.R. NO.













urging the transfer of puu o kapolei from the city and county of honolulu to the historic preservation division of the department of land and natural resources.




WHEREAS, Puu o Kapolei, which means "the hill of the beloved Kapo," is said to be the single most sacred, important, and largest heiau in all of the Ahupuaa of Honouliuli; and


WHEREAS, Puu o Kapolei's significance lies in its historical function as a landmark along the trail where Farrington Highway now runs, to travelers in the old days; and


WHEREAS, Puu o Kapolei also served as the residence of Kamaunuaniho, Kamapuaa's grandmother; and


WHEREAS, Puu o Kapolei is also known as the marker for the "change of the seasons" and was used by ancient Polynesians as a site of solar observation to mark the beginning and ending of seasons; and


WHEREAS, Puu o Kapolei was also the site of the Makahiki Games during the rule of Kualii Moi; and


WHEREAS, during and after World War II, Puu o Kapolei, then called Fort Barrette, was used to house canon batteries to defend Oahu from attack; and


WHEREAS, Fort Barrette is no longer used by the military, and the site should be preserved for its cultural and historical importance; and


WHEREAS, recent urban development in the Kapolei area threatens to encroach upon the Puu o Kapolei/Fort Barrette site; and

WHEREAS, cultural and historical resource preservation is consistent with the statutory responsibility of the Historic Preservation Division (Division) of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and to more effectively and efficiently preserve Puu o Kapolei as a cultural and historical resource, it should be managed by the Division as part of its historic preservation program; now, therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, that the City and County of Honolulu is urged to transfer management responsibilities for Puu o Kapolei to the Division; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to Mayor and Chairperson of the Board of Parks and Recreation of the City and County of Honolulu, the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Administrator of the State Historic Preservation Division, and the Governor of the State of Hawaii.










Report Title:

Urging the transfer of Puu o Kapolei to the DLNR Historic Preservation Division