Historic Hawaii Foundation honors Hui O Pikoiloa with a preservation commendation for its successful grassroots efforts to protect the Kawaewae Heiau complex from the threat of commercial development.
The notification raised red flags in the surrounding community. They were concerned about how the proposed new development would the impact the Kawaewae Heiau complex, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Maps and phtos courtesy of Hui O Pikoiloa
The Kawaewae Heiau is known to be one of five heiau built by Olopana at the turn of the 12th century. It is a luakini type heiau, believed to be associated with both human and animal sacrifices.
Concerned community members formed “Hui O Pikoiloa,” a grassroots hui which developed into an informal but determined group focused on protecting this special Hawaiian site. As a result, they developed expertise in land use rules, archeological inventory and ways to protect this important cultural site.
Because of the efforts of Hui O Pikoiloa, in October 2009 the Land Use Commission voted unanimously to deny the developer’s petition to reclassify the land, and continued its designation as a conservation zone.
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