Ko Olina’s story is Hawai’i’s story in microcosm beginning in ancient volcanic upheavals and evolving into one of the rarest natural environments in the world. From its earliest days, people have succumbed to Ko Olina’s special enchantment, a long procession of Hawaiian kings and queens followed by swashbuckling entrepreneurs from across the ocean.
For as long as anyone can remember, Ko Olina has been a place of joy. Hawaiian nobility once sojourned here when weary of the cares of state. The royal chiefs, their wives, children and retinues came to fish in the bountiful waters, bath in the sacred pools, race their outrigger canoes and celebrate life in their island paradise.
Lanikuhonua, “where heaven meets earth,” is located in Ko Olina. Queen Ka’ahumanu, wife of Kamehameha the Great, the king who united all the Hawaiian islands into one nation, and Queen Lili’uokalani, Hawai’i’s last reigning monarch, often traveled to Ko Olina to rest and refresh their spirits in the exceptionably tranquil setting.
Today, Ko Olina is a rare marriage of old and new, tradition and vision.