Lekeleke Burial Ground
Lekeleke Burial Ground
4.5

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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Our friends took us here. Free parking with a short walk. A whole bunch of goats were hanging around on the rocks. This is a great historical site to visit. Sign provides the historical significance of this site. Site was a battlefield and ended up as a burial grounds for over 300 warriors.

The path is uneven, but pretty safe to walk around. We walked to the edge and lots of waves come crashing in. Makes great photo opportunities. Some cliff jumpers made their way further down. We watched the jumpers. Not sure that activity is safe, or not.

Beautiful sweeping view of the area for sure.
Written April 17, 2022
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Douglas D
Kailua-Kona250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
When Kamehameha II banned the Kapu (Taboo) system of "religion" (actually the government's religion there being no separation of church and state) a cataclysm similar to that of Ahknaton's edict of only one god in ancient Egypt occurred. The priest class that suddenly was rendered powerless and their supporters took up arms against the young king and his followers, a struggle between two belief systems that ended in battle here. Kamehameha II's troops won out, and around 300 dead warriors are buried at the battlesite.
The outcome of the battle left no sanctioned religion whatsoever in Hawai'i and the missionaries who arrived in came to a place with a spiritual vacuum. Read the book by James Michener or see the movie "Hawai'i."
Written February 9, 2016
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wahinetraveler06
Missoula, MT179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
History buffs will like this site. I have visited this battleground/ burial site numerous times with visitors. Found in the historical corridor between Kailua Kona an Keahou, this is one of many overlooked historical sites. There is a new app that provides a driving tour of this corridor that can provide a good background to assist you to appreciate this and other sites more.. It is important to know something about the history of the struggles for control over the islands from the time of the Alii through the founding of the Hawaiian Kingdom. A good capsule of the history leading to this important battle between Alii is provided close to the entry of the site. To appreciate this site binoculars do come in handy but are not necessary. You do need to look carefully to pick out the details of the site.
Written September 18, 2014
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Hank H
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This is the site of the battle over the future of the Hawaiian culture and the tradition of kapu. When Captain Cook's arrival and kapu violations was not met with traditional punishments, King Kamehameha II abolished the practice, A great battle resulted.
Written August 21, 2016
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michelle y
Tucson, AZ56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A stark landscape of lava rock lead to dramatic cliffs and crashing waves at this sacred site. Not a place for small kids or pets, this is a stop on the road just south of Kailua where an epic battle that changed Hawaii was fought between followers of the old way and revolutionaries advocating for change. It's a short walk to the shore, on a lava rock road. Footing can be iffy, but it is a maintained roadway for service vehicles. The view is amazing and the color of the water is a brilliant turquoise. No services, just park at the end of the road, pass the gate and walk up the hill. Pause and appreciate the huge mounds of lava rock that mark the resting place of great warriors. A powerful place.
Written October 2, 2019
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Sharon L
Moose, WY263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Quick stop off the highway to see an important historical site. At this spot a battle occurred and is also a burial ground. Solemn, moving and sacred.
Written December 21, 2017
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Pekelo S
Kailua-Kona, HI19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
The site of the last battle in Hawaiian history. Now being preserved as a historic and educational site by a foundation started by descendants of Chiefess Manono who died during the battle. Just off the south end of Alii Drive past Keauhou Bay.
Written August 5, 2016
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fijibucks
Orange Co, California34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Wear reef walkers or sturdy shoes. No facilities. Stay off of the cliffs. Never turn your back to the ocean. You are 60' up, but the crashing waves can quickly knock you over and knock you over the cliff. It is a gorgeous and serene area with important historical significance. Be respectful. Clean up after yourselves.
Written July 24, 2013
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mlbdld
Michigan665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
We were on a tour and one of the stops was here. I am happy we did stop here, it was very interesting to see this historical marker! Plus the views were beautiful!
Written April 9, 2013
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Wandering traveler
Long Beach, CA71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Historical site where a battle took place, brief history provided by a marker. Unlike many mainland battle fields this is a sacred place without structures or tours, rocky area with a small bay and goats. Depending on the time and tide it can be a tranquil place to jump off the end of the world, or provide breaking waves shooting spray 20 feet into the air. Worth a quick stop if you're driving down the south end of Ali'i drive just past the country club.
Written October 7, 2019
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