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‘Āina Pauahi


Keauhou Bay, Hawai‘i Island


Keauhou Bay in North Kona on Hawai‘i Island encompasses 54 acres of KS ‘āina and serves as a gathering place for kama‘āina and visitors alike, who enjoy the area’s rich cultural resources and ocean activities.

The rich history of Keauhou Bay includes the birth of Kauikeaouli, who would become Kamehameha III and Mō‘ī o Ke Aupuni ‘o Hawai‘i (ruler of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i) in 1814. Over the decades, the community of Keauhou would survive a series of tsunamis, expand its maritime access to receive shipped cattle on its shores, and grow to welcome new families and businesses to the area.

Today, Keauhou Bay is a popular spot for both kama‘āina and visitors who utilize the area for cultural heritage, commercial and recreational purposes. In 2019, Kamehameha Schools developed the Keauhou Bay Management Plan, a long-term management and land-use plan for the future use of its 54 acres, with mana‘o from the community. The proposal helps to manage the area’s high-demand and divergent uses by moving traffic and commercial operations away from culturally historic sites, reducing pressure on the bayfront's natural resources. The plan is currently moving through the County of Hawai‘i permitting process.


Discover the History of Keauhou Bay

Travel back more than 200 years ago to discover the cultural heritage and historical significance of Keauhou Bay.

  • 1814 – Kauikeaouli, who would become Kamehameha III, is born
  • 1848 – 31 land commission awards are given in the Keauhou area through the Great Mahele
  • 1850s – Maritime access at the bay is expanded to ship cattle from its shores
  • 1914 – Queen Lili‘uokalani and the Daughters of Hawai‘i dedicate the birth site of Kauikeaouli
  • 1951 – Territory of Hawai‘i builds concrete wharf
  • 1964 – Kuleana Acquisition Program and the displacement of Native Hawaiians
  • 1973 – KS reaches agreement with Daughters of Hawai‘i
  • 1980 – Keauhou Canoe Club is established
  • 2017 to currentKS develops Keauhou Bay Management Plan