Hāleo Lū'au the best Big Island lū'au is celebrating both the history of the ahupua’a called Keauhou and the heart of those who came from this land area.
From the birth of Kamehameha III to the surfing stories of He’eia Bay, the dancers and musicians of Hāleo Lū'au take you on a journey through a very special time in Hawaii’s history. Joining us for the Hāleo Lū'au you learn about the battle of Kuamo’o and how Kamehameha III bridged the gap of ancient treasures and traditions as he brought the people of his kingdom into a “new era” in the islands.
Hāleo Lū'au dancers share the stories of our Polynesian cousins and the gifts they brought to Hawai’i through their language, culture, music and dance. You will have the opportunity to meet the dancers before the show, to “talk story” and learn more about the language and culture of Hawai’i. Live dinner music serenades guests as they enjoy a delicious feast and open bar. And, just as the sun is setting over Keauhou Bay – Hãleo Lū'au begins.
Check-in Desk & Parking
The Hāleo Lūau check-in desk is located in the lower lobby of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Vouchers must be turned in for lū’au tickets at the time of check-in. Guests must have tickets to be admitted to the lū’au. Both valet parking and complimentary self parking are available at the Hāleo Lū'au Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
The Hāleo Lū'au is an outside event but due to weather conditions changing the lū'au can be held inside the Sheraton Kona convention center.
The lū'au grounds is wheel chair accessible.
We provide a full bar with standard non and alcoholic drinks.
We are able to accommodate vegetarians with nut allergies
Dress code is very casual and comfortable? Bring a light cover up in case you are susceptible to the cold.
For more info (808) 464-6587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Keauhou
Keauhou Bay is a historic area in the Kona District of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The name comes from ke au hou which means "the new era" in the Hawaiian Language. This land area has always played a significant role in the history of Hawai’i. From the reign of Kamehameha I, Keauhou has had many defining moments in Hawaii's history. The first three kings named Kamehameha were closely tied to Keauhou. In 1814, Keauhou Bay was the birthplace of Kauikeaouli or Kamehameha III. His reign from 1825-1854 was the longest in the history of Hawaiian Monarchy.
Ancient Hawaiians loved the land and waters off Keauhou. Remnants of an ancient holua (sledding ramp), thought to be one of the longest in all Hawai’i and a surfing heiau (temple) can be still seen today. The ahupua’a (land district running from the mountain to the ocean) of Keauhou was known for its rich soil and abundance, providing such staples as taro, sweet potato and fish.
To the north of this area is the Kahaluʻu Bay Historic District, and uphill (mauka) is the Keauhou Holua Slide built under Kamehameha I. The Holua originally extended into Heʻeia Cove just north of the main bay. To the south is the birth site of the Battle at Kuamoʻo, fought in 1819.
The Keauhou Hōlua Slide or Hawaiian Lava Slide is located in Keauhou on the island of Hawaiʻi. It is the largest and best-preserved hōlua course, used in the extremely dangerous toboggan-like activity restricted to the aliʻi class of men, the nobility of ancient Hawaii. The remains are about 1,290 feet (390 m) long, of the original that was over 4,000 feet (1,200 m) long. When in use, it was covered in dirt and wet grass to make it slippery.
This particular site was connected to the Makahiki games, which were considered equivalent to the Olympics of ancient Hawaii. It can be seen from Aliʻi Highway, across from the Kona Country Club golf course clubhouse. The slide originally went into Keauhou Bay, but the part below the road was destroyed and is now used by a golf course and vacation homes. The preserved parts above the road are best viewed from the air, such as by following the coordinate link: Coordinates: This area was used by the royal families such as the King Kamehameha III and King David Kalākaua.
By the 1950s trees and shrubs were encroaching on the sides of the slide, and sections had settled due to earthquakes. It was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks in Hawaii on December 29, 1962, and added to the National Register of Historic Places listings on the island of Hawaii on October 15, 1966 as site 66000290. A small museum at the nearby Keauhou Shopping Center includes a reproduction of a hōlua sled and more information about the other historic sites in the area.