Windward Oahu Park receives a new Hawaiian name to honor the region’s rich history
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The city held a blessing ceremony last Friday to commemorate the renaming of Kaneohe Beach Park.
The Windward Park of Oahu is now named Naonealaa a Kaneohe in honor of the region’s rich history, which dates back to Hawaiian chiefs in the 1700s.
Hawaiian historian Samuel Kamakau said the area became known as Naonealaa, meaning “the sands of Laamaikahiki” – named after the famous chief Laa, who inherited Oahu after the death of Olopana.
In 1737, a peace accord was reached there between the chiefs of Maui and Molokai and those of Oahu and Kauai.
The park name change was led and donated by the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club as part of its cultural awareness program. The National Geographic Society, the Awesome Foundation and the Koolau Foundation also provided additional funds.
In addition to new signage, the park also includes a storyboard poster that details the historical significance of the area.
“It is a blessing to be a part of this as it is an awesome example of recovering the aina and giving this place back its dignity and history by sharing the story of Naonealaa,” said Kehaulani Puu, deputy director of the city’s parks and recreation department.
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