King Kamehameha III Summer Palace (Kaniakapupu) Revisited

Note: Kaniakapupu is a closed trail and is not open to the public. Only authorized groups are allowed to visit Kaniakapuu, including, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Civic Club. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.

Here are some comments from our original post on Kaniakapupu, and maybe some things to keep in mind:

“It is not pono to go to this site without a cultural guide.”

“Kaniakapupu IS on the federal and state register of historic places. Access IS restricted by DLNR as it is in the Nu`uanu Watershed. We are `Ahahui Malama `o Kaniakapupu, and we DO have stewardship of the area.”

“The `Ahahui has scheduled service days to malama the place. Ka Lei Maile `Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club website has contact information. If you must visit it is better to give something back and not just take.”

Along with the Sierra Club of Hawaii (Oahu Chapter), I had the opportunity to revisit Kaniakapupu in 2015. They were granted permission to access the site as an organized group. If you would like to visit Kaniakapuu, it would be best to contact the Hawaiian Civic Club for volunteer opportunities, or to go with an organized group like the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club or the Sierra Club of Hawaii. With that said, we’ve removed all other information regarding this culturally sensitive site.

By Coty

Founder of Exploration: Hawaii. Adventure, Minimalism, Vinyl, Typography, and Coffee + Matcha. A single space after a period, please.