Restoration work has begun on the Kuamoʻo battlefield and burial grounds on Hawai‘i Island. The 47 acres of land south of Kona was purchased earlier this year through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and managing group- Kuamoʻo ʻĀina.
In 1819- the land was witness to a battle between Kekuaokalani, the Nephew of Kamehameha the 1st and Liholiho over keeping the traditional Kapu system of order in place. Although Liholiho, who had abandoned the Kapu system was victorious, many warriors from both sides perished and were buried on the property.
This week, volunteers organized through Kupu’s Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps are clearing invasive species and building trail spurs. Liz Fujii is the Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Core manager at Kupu.
More information on volunteering for future trips can be found at kupuhawaii.org.