Ahu'ena Heiau, United States of America

General Attributes
Project NameAhu'ena Heiau
CountryUnited States of America
Spatial DataDownload (Links to all available data types will be emailed)
Point Cloud Viewer
Data Bounds (approx.)

Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - TerrestrialN/A GBLeica C10 Time of Flight Scanner
Site DescriptionLocated on a small artificial island across from Kamakahonu Beach and King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua, the Ahu'ena Heiau – a temple of peace and prosperity – was built by King Kamehameha I between 1812 and 1813 to honor Lono, the god of fertility. It served as the king's personal refuge and was his home for the last years of his life.
Project DescriptionIn late 2010 CyArk was able to conduct the documentation phase for the Digital Preservation of three culturally significant sites, or wahi pana on the island of Hawaii. The wahi pana chosen were the Hulihe'e Palace, Ahu'ena Heiau, and parts of the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Park. The joint effort was a pilot project to raise awareness of Hawaii's extraordinary need of preservation. And to promote cultural sites within the island that are often neglected or forgotten by the average tourists who come for beaches and sun. This data will create the opportunity to enhance conservation and preservation methods, promote virtual and cultural tourism, generate new interpretive and educational materials, and safeguard the sites digitally in the case of catastrophic loss or damage in the future. This effort cwould not have been possible without the generous support and collaboration of Paul Horner and the Keauhou Beach Resort , Lolly Davis and the Daughters of Hawaii , Tommy Hickcox and the King Kamehameha Hotel , Superintendent Kathy Billings and the staff of Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, and D'Arcy Trask of Gauge Point Calibration.
Collection Date2010-11-29 to 2010-12-04
Publication Date2020-06-22
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsGauge Point Calibration , CyArk
PartnersCourtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel , Daughters of Hawaii
Site AuthorityAhu‘ena Heiau Inc.
2020: Ahu'ena Heiau - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by Gauge Point Calibration , CyArk . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D. https://doi.org/10.26301/hegb-zz35

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