The Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 community organization dedicated to preserving and protecting native Hawaiian cultural, historical, and architectural sites of Kalaeloa through the operation of the Kalaeloa Heritage Park. Our mission is to steward and preserve the cultural landscape of Kalaeloa, to educate the community on cultural traditions and practices, advocate cultural awareness, implement and maintain an authentic Hawaiian presence in the Kalaeloa area.
The Kalaeloa Heritage Park site is a relatively undisturbed, 11-acre parcel with over 51 recorded cultural sites that consist of a heiau and other habitation sites. These cultural structures are unique and cannot be found anywhere else. They are constructed of coral and hint at a Tahitian origin due to the integration of many upright stones in their construction.
The topography of the Kalaeloa area offers important context to the cultural sites. Stretching along the coastline from Pearl Harbor to Wai‘anae, the entire ‘Ewa Plain is an emerged coral reef. The land is uneven, tufted and full of crevices or sinkholes. These small caves, also called karsts, were an important source of fresh water as well as agricultural resources and sacred sites for early inhabitants. The vastness of the cultural landscape paints a picture of a community of people that lived and thrived here. It is not a documentation of individual archaeological features but rather a landscape; an ancient community that once lived at a place once known as Kanehili.
Cultural site tours are available on an on-demand basis. Anyone wishing to schedule a cultural tour is asked to contact the foundation at email@example.com. We also hold monthly community workdays on the last Saturday of every month. Visit our website www.kalaeloaheritagepark.org for more detail.