H.R. NO.













urging the STATE of hawaii to change the street name of fort barrette road to kualaka‘i road.




     WHEREAS, Hawaiian historian, Samuel Kamakau, refers to Ewa as the "celebrated land of the ancestors"; and


     WHEREAS, according to anthropologist, Marion Kelley, Kamapua‘a's grandmother, Kamaunuaniho, who lived at Pu‘uokapolei, was one of three who migrated from Kahiki and became ancestors of the O‘ahu people; and


     WHEREAS, Ms. Kelley makes the connection between Ewa and Kahiki ancestry providing the life-force of the people of O‘ahu; and


     WHEREAS, in 1930, Bishop Museum archaeologist, Gilbert McAllister conducted the first archaeological survey for O‘ahu and stated that the house site, rock wall, and burial site of Kamaunuaniho could still be seen at Pu‘uokapolei; and


     WHEREAS, Hawaiian historian, Samuel Kamakau, states that the largest and most sacred heiau in all of the ahupua‘a of Honouliuli was located at Pu‘uokapolei; and


     WHEREAS, Pu‘uokapolei was often identified by the ancestors of today's native Hawaiians as a landmark for travelers in ancient times and was further identified as a place of solar observation and an indicator of seasons in ancient times; and


     WHEREAS, oral traditions state that when one walks downhill from Pu‘uokapolei, the person would pass through Kaupe‘a and Kanehili reaching Kualaka‘i, identified in modern times as Nimitz Beach; and


     WHEREAS, in 1997, archaeologists, H. David Tuggle and Myra Tomonari Tuggle, completed their Synthesis of Cultural Resource Studies of the Ewa Plain, an inventory of all the archaeological surveys of the Ewa region, which identified many unique cultural sites, structures, and heiau as being of Tahitian origin; and


     WHEREAS, mo‘olelo identifies Kualaka‘i as the place where Tahitian chief Kahai left O‘ahu for a time and traveled to Samoa where he found the ulu plant, which he brought to O‘ahu by way of Kahiki; chief Kahai is credited with planting the first ulu on the Ewa Plain of O‘ahu where the name Kualaka‘i is thought to derive from Ka Ulu O Kahai; and


     WHEREAS, Kualaka‘i, Kanehili, Kaupe‘a, Pu‘uokapolei, and Kukaniloko are the connections that provide further support for ancestral origins and the Ali‘i birthing site Kukaniloko in central O‘ahu; and


     WHEREAS, modern migrations discarded the historically rich and descriptive ancient names, and what has come to be known as Fort Barrette Road parallels the road that was once a Hawaiian trail, much as Farrington Highway was once a foot trail to Wai‘anae; and


     WHEREAS, despite the difficulty perceived by some of pronouncing Hawaiian names and words, the authenticity and history of all ancient locales should be preserved by its traditional name when it is known; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, that all state agencies granted authority over the streets and roadways within the Kalaeloa community development district are urged to change the name of Fort Barrette Road to Kualaka‘i Road; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Transportation; the Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; the Chairperson of the Hawaii Community Development Authority; and the Chairperson of the Kapolei Neighborhood Board.









Report Title: 

Fort Barrette Road; Name Change