More than a shopping center, Keauhou has a rich and dramatic past.
The Kona coast is well know as a place where significant events took place that shaped the ancient history of Hawaii, and Keauhou Bay was the setting for some of the most dramatic events.
It was the fresh waters of a nearby natural spring that helped bring life to King Kamehameha III at his birth. The shores were the summer playground of the Ali'i, Hawaii’s chiefs and royalty. The land was used for recreation, but was also bloodied by monumental battles that eventually led to the unification of the Hawaiian Islands under one King. The area has some of the most sacred heiau and sites in Hawaiian legend and now boasts the restored beach house of King Kalākaua. The new Keauhou Kahalu’u Heritage Center is actually part of the Shopping Center. Be sure to plan a visit (admission is complimentary) and learn more about why Keauhou is so special.