Kualoa means “long back,” and the land and name fit with its massive mountain range. Established in 1850 and known as a sacred place, it was a residence of kings, training ground for royalty, a sanctuary and refuge.
King Kamehameha III’s physician and friend purchased 622 acres in 1828. This grew to 4,000 acres. The estate is still owned and operated by descendants of Dr. Judd, of the Morgan family.
Kualoa is a location for many well-known films, a working ranch, producer of fruits, fish and prawns, and activities. Its owners have kept Hawaiian history alive and offer activities to support it. During all this time, the focus has been stewardship and preservation of all Kualoa’s natural wonders.
Tours abound, from visiting a 800 plus year old aquaculture pond, movie sites and ranch, jungle expedition, horse back riding, ATVs, garden, ancient hula lessons, legends of the legacy, secret island and ocean voyaging, there is plenty to do and see. Guides provide history along the way.
Before you consider a luau anywhere, I’d suggest the Legends of Kualoa. This dinner show is an all-Hawaiian performance with hula kahiko and sounds of old Hawaii. The leader beats an ipu (gourd) and chants that take you through ancient customs of the people and land. This is traditional all the way. An added bonus, food is very good.
For me, Kualoa is a not-to-miss activity. Check out its website at www.kualoa.com. Kualoa does offer round trip transportation from Waikiki.
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