Located on the grounds of the King Kamehameha Hotel, Kamakahonu’s documented history dates back to 1812. Many of the structures at Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark were destroyed, but a number were reconstructed in 1975-77. This was just prior to the writing of their nomination in the late 1970’s. The hotel has built a hut/entertainment platform, imu, and luau dining area abutting the reconstructed landmark structures. One of the most important historical sites in all of Hawaii, this is where Kamehameha I lived out the remaining years of his life and instituted some of the most constructive measures of his reign. Additionally, this is the spot where the first missionaries to reach Hawaii came ashore in 1820. Here, they received permission from the king to remain in the Islands.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.