Picking with the story of La‘amaikahiki, Kalani tells us of the rulers of O‘ahu prior to Western contact, and their interactions with Ko‘olaupoko. This brings the story up to the conquest of O‘ahu by Kamehameha.
Early explorers did not stop much in Ko‘olaupoko, but the influence of their arrivals, in the form of introduced diseases, had an enormous impact on this area, along with the rest of the islands.
He‘eia is unusual in that it is one of few places in the entire archipelago where Catholics arrived early and were able to stay. Nearby is also the Congregationalist mission church in Kāne‘ohe.
The Māhele was a division of lands from traditional tenure to private
propoerty in 1848. The results of this transformation and its impact on the people and land of He‘eia is presented here.
Aftermath of the Mahele
As the relationship between people and the land settled into place in
the aftermath of the Māhele, demographic and economic changes shifted the face of He‘eia ahupua‘a.
Terms relating administrative land divisions under the old system as they relate to new divisions created by the Mahele, plus other terms for land administration.