Ka'u District

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Ka‘u is the largest district in Hawai‘i and the southernmost. Historically, it is important as the most likely landing area for the first Hawaiians and the location of the first settlement. It was the location of some of the last battles for control of Hawai‘i island, and the decision of Ka‘u's last ali‘i, Keoua Ku‘ahu‘ula, to agree to a meeting with Kamehameha, which he believed would lead to his death, was a crucial event in the creation of a unified Hawaiian kingdom. After Western contact, the sugar industry dominated the economy of Ka‘u, and ranching was also important. Although the sugar industry closed in 1996, the rural character has been maintained, and Ka‘u now enjoys some of the longest stretches of undeveloped highway and coastline in the state. The appeal of the district's natural beauty owes much to the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, and Ka‘u has a unique location between the two segments of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
ISBN: 9781467133340
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Hawaii
Series: Images of America
Images: 142
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors Dennis and Marge Elwell met as materials researchers at Stanford University, and local history has been an ongoing pursuit of their 13 years as retirees in Ka‘u. Marge has the stronger background in history, having pursued studies at the graduate level in California and spent several years as volunteer museum curator at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Dennis has much experience as an author and editor of technical publications.
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