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The Kaniakapupu Ruins, Honolulu

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Kaniakapūpū, known formerly as Luakaha, is the ruins of the former summer palace of King Kamehameha III and Queen Kalama on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Built in the 1840s, and situated in the cool uplands of the Nuʻuanu Valley, it served as the king and queen's summer retreat after the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii moved from Lahaina to Honolulu in 1845. It was famous for being the site of a grand luau attended by an estimated ten thousand guests during the 1847 Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day celebration. The palace had fallen into ruins by 1874; no records exist about its condition in the intervening years. Rediscovered in the 1950s, the site was cleared and efforts were made to stabilize the ruins from further damage by the elements and invasive plant growth. The site remains officially off-limits to the public and trespassers are subjected to citations, although the site is not regularly monitored.NameKaniakapūpū is the current and most commonly used name of the site and palace. It means "the singing of the land shells" in the Hawaiian language. The name refers to the kāhuli was built on the site of a heiau called Kaʻahaimauli.
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  • From the Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources- In 2016 vandals carved a series of crosses on the ruin’s walls. Then again, around Valentine’s Day this year someone carved a heart-shape on a...  more »
  • We didn't know the exact location of the ruin. So, we hike through a bamboo forest for like 20 minutes , finally found a low stone border wall in the forest . That’s how we know we’re in the right...  more »
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  • The trail head is about 100 yards beyond a private residence and the water board building. IT is a wide trail that is well maintained once you enter from the road. It is really only about 5 minutes back to the ruins. You will hear the nearby waterfalls if you want to wander a little deeper off the beaten path.
  • Amazing! There are several misleading trails and we kind of made our own to find the ruins but then took the main trail back to the road. Definitely doable, and especially easy when accessing the four foot wide trail. If it doesn’t look like a well established deliberately cut trail, don’t take it. That being said, the actual ruins were picturesque and worth discovering!

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