Small in Size, Big on History – Kainaliu Town

Venturing south from Kailua-Kona is the charming town of Kainaliu. Whistle-stop in size, this quaint, island-style locale is named for an ancient canoe bailer who served under King Keawenuia‘umi in the 16th Century. Kainaliu means “bail out the bilge,” and was originally the name of a small village on the coastline, located in the ahupua‘a (land division) of Honuaino. Canoe paddlers coming off the rough waters and into Kealakekua Bay found Kainaliu a calm place to bail their canoes. Today, Kainaliu is an inland town, however historically it was located on the shore.

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