When places smile you can see it, you can feel it, it is evident.
Our mission is to protect, perpetuate, and enhance the cultural and natural landscape of the Kīholo Bay area through collaborative management and active community stewardship.
Kīholo Bay is perpetuated as a culturally and environmentally thriving part of the ahupua‘a system of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a. Through partnerships, a commitment to the values set forth by the hui, and the creation of a cultural and wilderness park at Kīholo Bay, we will achieve proper management of the area.
How we work
HOA ʻĀINA TEAM
Hui Aloha Kīholo now has a physical presence on the ground, seven days a week, through our Hoa ʻĀina team. In collaboration with our partners, these Hoa ʻĀina, or “friends of the land” monitor and protect natural and cultural resources, engage with and educate visitors, and manage camping. By creating a community of stewards, with visitors, kamaʻāina (locals), partners, and advocates, Kīholo can continue to thrive culturally and environmentally. Mahalo (thank you) to the generous donors who have made the Hoa ʻAina program possible.
Where we work
Kīholo is located in the “Kekaha wai ʻole o nā Kona” (Waterless Kekaha region) of North Kona, which is part of the reason why Kīholo was and is so important to the residents. Kīholo played a crucial role in connecting people and landscapes because of her abundance of water (fishponds, anchialine ponds and water systems). Situated in the North Kona region of the Island of Hawaiʻi, Kīholo Bay comprises the makai (coastal) area of the ahupua‘a (land division) of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a.
Kīholo Bay is nested within the greater Kīholo State Park Reserve. The area contains an extensive coastal wildland environment, historic home sites, swimming areas, anchialine ponds, and historic coastal trails with associated archaeological features. These elements are noteworthy for their uniqueness, beauty, and value to both Hawaii residents and island visitors. Kīholo Bay connects ecologically, historically, and culturally to the mauka (upland) areas of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a.
'O Kīholo 'ʻāina aloha, lana a'e ka mana'o (o) na mea kaulana
Pa kahi, kahi hana pa'akai,
Pa lua, kahi a na lua wai kai,
Pa kolu, loko i'a Wainānali'i,
Pa ha, kahi a Luahinewai,
Wai ola o Kīholo
Kīholo kupaianaha e
He mele no Kīholo... 'ʻāina aloha
Kīholo, beloved land, thoughts arise of famed attributes
First, it is a place of salt working
Second, it is a place of brackish water pools
Third, it is the place of the fish pond Wainanali'i
Fourth, it is the place of Luahinewai
Living waters of Kīholo
Marvelous, extravagant Kīholo
Composed by Ku'ulei Keakealani to honor the ancestral homeland of Kīholo, Pu'uwa'awa'a ahupua'a, North Kona.
Photo by Jay Bles.
The Hui Aloha Kīholo Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who reflect a rich diversity of human experience at Kīholo including generational stewardship, dedicated service to the land, recreation, and sustenance.
Hui Aloha Kīholo operates with a small but dedicated staff. There are many others that endlessly give their time voluntarily for the love of place. Please contact us to get involved.
Who go above and beyond, who are always supporting Kīholo.
Our work is only possible with the help of partner organizations. Our vision of a thriving Kīholo requires collaborative management and active community stewardship.