Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ahihi Kīnaʻu reserve and la Perouse Bay

After four years of closure, the natural reserve of the Ahihi Kina?u field should open again on 31 July. The acre ++ 2000 land and ocean reserve is a popular area for snorkeling, diving and hiking. The area contains the remains of important archaeological sites (villages, temples and tombs) and is also a habitat for rare species and endangered. Even with the reopening, we expect the Department of land and natural resources to limit access to ensure that reserve deteriorates as he has done in the past after having been popularized by travel books.

Ahihi Kinau Natural Reserve with La Perouse Bay in the DistanceAhihi Kina?u nature reserve with Bay la Perouse in the Distance

The aerial photo above shows a portion of the reserve which extends Ahihi Bay to the Bay of la Pérouse. La Perouse Bay is named after the first European credited to set foot on Maui, the officer naval Explorer Jean François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, and French what happened to 1786. La Pérouse had been commissioned by the King of France sailing through the Pacific ocean to discover new lands, to establish trade and collect scientific data. Its two tons 500 ships, the compass and the transported Astrolabe of botanists, astronomers, oceanographers, zoologists and soldiers. La Pérouse was tired of the island knowing on the death of Captain Cook on the island with 20 soldiers landed and Big 7 years earlier. But the villagers were very interested in ships of La Pérouse and eager to trade.

On Earth La Perouse interviewed the four villages of the region, each containing about a dozen huts and traded and exchanged gifts with the residents. Reserve certainly contains the remains of at least one of these villages.

To the other areas of Maui this dry region was very little populated. It is interesting to note that the area north of the Bay of la Pérouse contains today among the most sought-after luxury condos Maui Wailea real property in Makena 10 million homes.

There is more history of the Bay of la Pérouse. In 1790 the American merchant ship Eleanora anchored near the Bay and exchanged supplies with the village. During the night the boat in support of the Eleanora, attached on the side of the ship was stolen and killed the sailor, he keeps. The ships captain, Simon Metcalfe, was incensed and ordered the bombed village of grape shot. He also sent men to set fire to village huts and temple. This event would eventually lead to the Massacre at Oluwalu, where Metcalfe sought revenge and killed more than 100 Hawaiians.

Tags: Ahihi Kina?u, la Perouse Bay


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