Aloha Authentic explains origin, history of Kailua Road


Ever wonder how a street got its name in Hawaiʻi, or what your community was like before?

Every Thursday, Kamaka Pili of Aloha Authentic examines that. In this episode,  Pili discussed Kailua Road and its history.

The road is named after its ahupuaʻa, Kailua.

kai = salt water
ʻelua= two

Kailua is named after the two bodies of water in the area, Kawainua and Kaelepulu.

On a side note, one of Kailua’s most well known landmarks is Lanikai Beach. But Lanikai or “heavenly oceans” is a made up name by the developers.

The area’s traditional name is Kaʻōhao.

Historians believe that the first wave of Hawaiians settled in areas around Kailua because the ecology from the mountains to the oceans that bring life were pristine.

Oʻahu looked the most lush, so that’s where the first wave of Hawaiian’s decided to land.

They arrived in Waimanalo, then spread to Kailua and Kāneohe.

The second settlement is believe to be the ahupuaʻa of Mānoa that includes Waikīkī.

Another interesting story, Kamaka’s mother is born and raised in Kailua Beach. She told him the story of a Coconut Grove Taxi driver that was well known at the time. When he passed away, they buried his cab in his yard. Just his cab. So somewhere at Kailua Beach is a buried cab.

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