The Place of Loving Remembrance and final resting place of 200 ancestral skeletal remains of native Hawaiians.
Cultural & Historical: Memorials / Statues
Kahi Hali'a Aloha Memorial is a memorial located on the Honolulu Zoo property right at the northwest corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue near the southeast end of Waikiki (see Waikiki Guide). It is "The Place of Loving Remembrance" and the final resting place of around 200 ancestral skeletal remains. The remains were found at various places in Waikiki during various construction projects and were laid to rest here.
You can't actually walk inside the memorial area, it's fenced off. Inside is a sign that reads "beyond this point deadly force is authorized". What is this, Area 51? It's a ridiculous sign with an equally ridiculous claim. Still, common sense should be all that you need to know that you don't climb a locked fence and that you don't mess with a memorial of any kind.
Let's be upfront about what this is as an attraction. It's not really a destination, not a place to go and take a picture, it's meant more for the lineal descendants of those who are buried inside. But a lot of people are curious as to what it is so we wanted to list it here to explain. If you enjoy memorials and Hawaiian history then stop by and check it out and you may also enjoy National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, and possibly even the nearby War Memorial Natatorium.
For those who are interested, the dedication plaque reads...
Kahi Hali'a Aloha Memorial
The Place of Loving Remembrance
Waikiki, today a busy and vibrant international travel destination, has a centuries-old Hawaiian heritage. Inhabited by Native Hawaiians for some 2,000 years, Waikiki was the preferred playground and royal residence of generations of ancestors who once walked these very sands.
As the very bones of deceased Hawaiians come to light today, the byproduct of ongoing excavation and construction in modern Waikiki, the lineal descendants search for ways to dignify and honor the final remains of those who preceded them.
As the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater and the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor honor America's fallen heroes, so this memorial provides an honorable final resting place for hundred of Hawaiian ancestors who once lived in Waikiki.
Please join us in respectfully observing the sanctity and quiet dignity of this memorial.
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