Hawai'i Land Division + Management


AVA Konohiki Maps

Understanding the land begins with the Makahiki procession which began on O'ahu in the moku of Ko'olaupoko, in the 'ahupua'a of Kualoa. 


The concept of private property was unknown to ancient Hawaiians, but they did follow a complex system of land division. 'Ahupua'a is a narrower wedge-shaped land sections that ran from the mountains to the sea.

Map of the Mokupuni (Island)

For more than 10 centuries, the Hawaiian system of natural resource management has been handed down in oral tradition and practice. It is based on the concept of the ahupua'a, the traditional land and ocean tenure system of Hawaiʻi.

Uncovering the Potential of Honolulu’s Hidden Streams

Centuries after Native Hawaiians built a vast irrigation system, sustainability advocates are working to put them back into the urban landscape.

O'ahu Land Divisions

The significance of Hawaiian sites, their locations, interpretation of their names.