It’s easy to understand why early Hawaiians settled in the windward Oahu district of Kailua. The ahupua‘a was blessed with fertile, stream-fed lands, cooling breezes, two natural ponds – Kaelepulu and Kawainui – and a plentiful source of food from pristine Kailua Bay. Scientific evidence has found that humans first occupied the Kailua area as early as 500 AD. However, it wasn’t until around 1200 that widespread cultivation took root here, with Hawaiians growing taro as well as bananas, sweet potato and other native crops in a vast network of terraced parcels that extended into the foothills and valleys of the Koolau Mountains.

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