Monday, March 24
(Honolulu, HI) -- Hawaii Kai's Hawea Heiau complex and Keawawa wetland in East Honolulu will be protected as a community-owned and managed Hawaiian cultural preserve. Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilmember Stanley Chang were joined by state officials to make that announcement yesterday. The plan is being funded by 650-thousand-dollars. Hawea Heiau complex contains petroglyphs, ancient coconut grove, agricultural terraces and many ancient Hawaiian walls and structures. Caldwell says "Keeping it green and maintaining the Native Hawaiian cultural significance shows that Oahu can grow without losing our roots."