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Keola Beamer hopes to preserve Kuamoo Battlefield site

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Musician and native Hawaiian Keola Beamer has a personal family connection with the land where the Kuamoo battle was fought in 1819. He is a descendant of Chiefess Manono who died there during the fight. Now, he is waging his own battle to preserve the area with The Trust for Public Land. They need $4.25 million in order to purchase and save the 42 acres from development. So far, they have raised $3.9 million but they still need another $330,000 by August 30th. Beamer talked live on Sunrise about the importance of saving this piece of Hawaiian history. Below is information from their press release and tells you how you can donate money.

Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Aina (AKA) and The Trust for Public Land have joined together to protect and preserve the ancient Kuamo‘o battlefield and burial grounds on Hawai‘i Island south of Kona. Over 92% of the $4.25 million needed has been secured, as the organizations now ask  the community for kokua to purchase and preserve the 47 acres of makai land that is rich in history, cultural treasures, burial sites, and a portion of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. After the purchase is completed, AKA will own, preserve and steward the land in perpetuity. AKA envisions a restored landscape that will be a catalyst for meaningful learning through place based education that will help to achieve justice and peace for Hawai‘i’s people, environment, and the world.

In 1819, the Battle of Kuamo‘o  saw Hawaiian forces clashing over the traditional kapu religious system. The dispute pitted the forces of Kekuaokalani, nephew of Kamehameha I, who sought to preserve the traditional system, against his cousin, Liholiho (Kamehameha II), who had proclaimed that the system be abandoned. Liholiho was victorious, but many warriors from both sides perished in battle and were buried on the property. This  included  Kekuaokalani and his wife, Chiefess Manono. With her dying breath, Chiefess Manono is said to have uttered “Malama ko aloha”- “keep your love”- a plea to both sides that no matter what obstacles come to Hawai‘i, keep your love of one another.

“The historical and cultural values of Kuamo‘o are incalculable,” shared Keola Beamer, Hawaiian musician and founder of AKA. As a descendant of Chiefess Manono, Beamer hopes to see Kuamo‘o rooted in Manono’s plea of “Malama ko aloha”  and be a place of learning for current and future generations. “Let’s join hands to preserve Kuamo‘o, to become better human beings, to know and share the brilliant illumination of aloha.”

“The Hawai‘i State Legacy Lands fund, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, foundations, companies, and people who love Kuamo’o have donated over $3.9 million to date. We are so close to reaching the $4.25 million goal.  With a fast-approaching August 30th deadline, the opportunity to preserve Kuamo‘o is now and it can’t be done without the community’s help,” urged Leslie Uptain, The Trust for Public Land’s Hawai‘i State Director of Philanthropy.

To learn more about the history of Kuamo‘o and make a gift, visit ProtectKuamoo.org.

Checks can be made payable to The Trust for Public Land  and mailed to 1003 Bishop St. #740, Honolulu, HI 96813. Call 524-8694 for more information.

About Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Aina

Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Aina (AKA) is a  Hawai‘i Island based nonprofit, founded by the Beamer ‘Ohana and headed by Keola Beamer. AKA is a Hawai‘i center for cultural and ecological peace, with a mission to promote aloha ‘aina as consistent with the mo‘olelo (stories) and values of Kuamo‘o to achieve justice and peace for Hawai‘i’s people, environment, and the world.

About The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that has been conserving land in Hawai‘i since 1979. The Trust for Public Land seeks to engage local residents in protecting resources that are special and significant to their communities. Coastal lands, working lands that contribute to Hawai‘i’s self-sufficiency, and lands that perpetuate Hawaiian culture are the immediate priority. To date, the organization has completed 28 projects conserving over 42,000 acres throughout Hawai‘i. 

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