Lekeleke Burial Grounds

Kailua-Kona Big Island of Hawaii


At the end of Ali'i Drive in Keauhou is where the ancient Hawaiian kapu system met a bloody end. At the end of the road near mauka is the Lekeleke Burial Grounds - the spot of a fierce battle between the traditionalist Kekuaokulani who wanted to preserve the old ways and the royal forces who were fighting to end them.

Both sides at the Battle of Kuamo'o were armed with western rifles which contributed to the over 300 killed. They are buried on the grounds. Please stay on the trail and do not touch any of the structures in respect to the people who gave their lives here.

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