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Ka'u No Ka 'Oi

Ka'u is, indeed the best. Hawaii Island's largest district in terms of land area, Ka'u encompasses the entire southern portion of the Big Island and borders touristy South Kona to the north, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the east.

Steeped in history of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and it's early rulers, including Kamehameha the Great, who resided here, many historical sites are scattered throughout the District. From the late 1800's until 1995, sugar plantations dominated the District of Ka'u, with large cane farms in Naalehu and Waiohinu and in Pahala. We are also home to the Mark Twain Monkeypod Tree.

The population of Ka'u today is a mix of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, Caucasians and early plantation laborers - the Portugese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos - and descendants of the early Hispanic "paniolo" brought to teach roping and other cowboy skills.

"There is no going back ... ways are now different. Go forward with love for the season ahead of us! Let pass the season that is gone."

Chant for Kupake'e; also cited in "The Polynesian Family System in Ka'u, Hawai'i" by ES Craighill Handy and Mary Kawena Pukui.


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