AKA Purchases Kuamo‘o Battlefield, Burial Grounds

January 2, 2016, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated December 31, 3:40 PM
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Keola and Moana Beamer.

Moana and Keola Beamer, president of Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Āina.

Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Āina and The Trust for Public Land have successfully acquired the ancient Kuamo‘o battlefield and burial grounds on Hawai‘i Island south of Kona, 47 acres of makai land that includes a portion of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and is rich in history, cultural treasures and burial sites.

“Mahalo to all who made this possible, especially the landowners, the Schattauer ʻOhana and Aunty Margaret Schattauer, who waited patiently for us to raise the funds needed, sold the land at a substantial discount, and is making a major donation to AKA for stewardship of these lands,” said Keola Beamer, president of AKA, which now owns and will steward the land. “We look forward to working with descendants of the battle and the Kona community to restore and protect this special place.”

AKA envisions a restored landscape that will be a catalyst for meaningful learning through place-based education that will help to achieve justice and peace for Hawai‘i’s people, environment and the world.

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