The land surrounding Kahuwai Bay has lived many lives, spanning centuries. From the very first Polynesian settlers to reach Hawaiʻi, to the second wave of polynesian settlers who established Kaʻūpūlehu as a thriving ahupuaʻa (land division), each generation revered and protected the land, creating foundational practices to pass down through time.
These shores have welcomed seekers and settlers for hundreds of years. Today, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort upholds treasured Hawaiian traditions and invites a new generation of voyagers to renew their spirits along these shores.
The first Polynesians arrive on the islands of Hawaiʻi. Sailing from the Marquesas Islands more than 2,000 miles away, they were expert celestial navigators who brought in their canoes hearty plants – like taro and sugar cane – that would go on to become staples in Hawaiian cuisine.
After more than a decade of stillness, Kona Village reawakens as a Rosewood Resort, reimagined with the insight and guidance of local cultural advisors and Rosewood’s signature A Sense of Place® philosophy, ensuring the island’s heritage and cultural ethos are always at the heart of the destination.