Story of Ka‘ono‘ulu will be presented at marine sanctuary

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will host a lecture titled “The Ka’ono’ulu Story: One thousand years of history” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kihei Conference Room, 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei.

This historical slide show and community talk story will focus on the history of one of South Maui’s most culturally important traditional settlement areas, Ka’ono’ulu ahupua’a.

The slide show will be facilitated by local historical researchers Lucienne de Naie and Daniel Kanahele. De Naie works as freelance journalist, grant writer and historical researcher and serves on many local nonprofit boards.

The place name Ka’ono’ulu today is best known as the name of an Upcountry ranch. It is also used as another name for South Maui’s best known fishpond (“Kalepolepo or Ko’ie’ie fishpond”) in front of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

The Ka’ono’ulu area once had its own post office (1856-1875) and was an important trading center during kingdom days.

Its traditional history is linked to many of Maui’s great chiefs and the legendary menehune and spans nearly a millennium.

The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admnistration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the state through the Department of Land and Natural Resources.