Waimea Valley: History Uncovered, Preserved and Protected

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Learning about the history and culture of the area you are planning on relocating to is surely a must!  

Waimea Bay is located on the North Shore on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. During the winter months the waves can get as high as thirty feet where some surfers dare to brave riding the wild surf. During the summer months the water is calm and great for swimming and snorkeling.

Follow the permanent river from the ocean of Waimea Bay into Waimea Valley and there is an astounding amount of history and over 80% of the archaeological sites in this valley have still not been uncovered.

Waimea was given the title of the "Valley of the Priests" around the year 1090 and erected two of the Heiau's or ancient temples (pronounced hay ee ow) around this area. Puu O Mahuka Heiau is on the bluffs of Pupukea and above Waimea (first picture taken from this heiau) and is the largest heiau on the island of Oahu covering 5 acres of land. It is also a national landmark and registered historical site.  Kupopolo Heiau is located off Waimea Beach on the Waialua side of the river.

 More on these Heiau's and their history can be read here: HAWAIIAN LEGENDS: Kaena Point, Waimea Valley, and Two Heiau's .......

There is also the  "Hale o Lono" Heiau site which is located further in Waimea Valley along the river and near the Environmental Visitor's Center.

The National Audubon Society (City & County of Honolulu gave them a lease for the Visitor's Center) contracted the Archaeological Consultants of the Pacific (ACP) to do a cultural and archealogical survey of the many historical sites on this land in Waimea Valley.

This assessment of Waimea Valley also calls for the preservation and protection of the land as well as a deep interpretation of the land. With this current assessment they have discovered 78 more sites of interest so far (and this is only a fraction of what has yet to be uncovered) since the first one was done by the Bishop Museum in 1974. There are now Burial Sites that have been uncovered that need to be tended to as well. (Purchasing Hawaii Vacant Land? Ancient Hawaiian Burial Sites and Laws)

Over the years the Waimea Valley land has changed ownership several times and to date there are still negotiations going on for a partnership with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, The City and County, U.S. Army and the Audubon Society...of course with title to the property to be assumed by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for transfer (eventually) to a Native Hawaiian entity.

 

Beautiful view from atop the bluff

Ancient history of long ago lore

Tales of battle and war

 

 

 

 

The purpose so far away

Wandering for years on end

Chasing  a long forgotten wind 

 

 

 

 

 

The land, the sea, the people.

 

 

 

 

 

 If you would like more information on Relocating to Hawaii (and a relocation packet) please call:

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, RA     * Century 21 Liberty Homes*

95-2214 Kipapa Drive, Mililani, HI  96789

Direct Contact:  808-375-1404                                                          

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Mililani Hawaii Real Estate Blog 2007© 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Jo-Anne Smith
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Sally,  beautiful and intriguing area and the pictures and story you've painted are enchanting. This would be an area I'd definitely want to spend a lot of time visiting....

Pretty poem !

Jo 

Oct 09, 2007 11:40 AM #19
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Sally.. The water is so beautiful it makes me want to get on a plane.. I don't think most people realize how many historical sites there are on the islands..
Oct 09, 2007 12:16 PM #20
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Jo:  Thanks....I tried with the poem :)  I love history and learning about all these ancient places.

Kaye: I don't think people realize all of EVERY island is just so full of mystery, history and ancient lore. It's so intriguing even to me....and I've lived here MANY years! (maybe 35 of my 50 yrs.)

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Nice..not enough?:)
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Neal:  Not enough what?

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Hi Sally,

Absolutely beautiful! The photos, the poem and the history, I always learn something new about Hawaii when I visit your blog! :)

 

Oct 09, 2007 01:57 PM #24
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Suzanne: I'm glad you learn something here....one day you'll visit and will know all about the places you want to see...
Oct 09, 2007 02:02 PM #25
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Sally - great history lesson - I keep meaning to tell you that I love your new Logo
Oct 09, 2007 05:42 PM #26
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The heiau in Pupukea is gigantic.  I can not imagine how much work it was to build.
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Sally- Congratulations on your feature. I guess I should go back to my featured localism posts and add that it was featured at the top like you did.

What beautiful blue water views. Both Tom and I noticed and are thinking, is it real. Here we do have ocean but as you can see in my localism photos it is not blue like that. Katerina 

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Thesa: Oh thanks Thesa! 

Randy: I took a couple of the Waimea pictures from the other side of the heiau...this other couple came out of the bushes and told us to hike a few feet in and it'll be a beautiful view!

Katerina: Been doing that for awhile....I noticed that the ones that do stay on our Hawaii home page for awhile. Who's Tom? It is real...the blue water...on the Atlantic the water is more greenish color...in Turkey (I lived there for awhile) the aegean is kinda dirty but the Mediteranean is aqua marine colored. I think it's different all over. The Philippines was green but really salty looking..thick in fact.

Oct 10, 2007 03:58 AM #29
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Aloha Sally,

I love the detail in your Waimea post. FYI the third paragraph gets cut off and I was left haning as I eagerly read about my favorite valley/ beach.

Living in Haleiwa I swim Waimea frequently and am looking forward to the winter swell!!!

Great post!

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Jay:  :)  River was the last word...edited and thanks...no one else mentioned haha!  My favorite was Laniakea in my younger days (70's)
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Sally- Tom Weiss, the one who posted before me a bit that said the water looks so blue and is it real, too, He lives in Wellington near us. Katerina
Oct 10, 2007 03:29 PM #32
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Katerina: Oh...now I see....lol!  Again, you should know...you lived here! It is blue!
Oct 10, 2007 04:23 PM #33
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Sally- Yes, but recollection fades somewhat with the years I have been gone. But the more I talk with you and read your posts more memories come to the forefront of my mind. Katerina
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These photos are breathtaking Sally!!  What a beatiful place...  People daydream about visiting places like Waimea and you LIVE THIS DREAM!
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Katerina: I agree...glad to share with you to joggle the memory!

Susie: And one day you'll come visit with your bubbly personality!

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I need to go back up to that heiau. I didn't have my wide angle camera the last tinme I was there.  it is so big that it is hard to take it in.
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Randy:  The second one is in Waimea Valley. Smaller. 

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