Located in Kaʻalaiki, Kaʻū, ʻImakakōloa Heiau is one of the few documented hula heiau in the pae ʻāina of Hawaiʻi.  Little is known of the practices and protocol used at heiau hula. The Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation is conducting research in this area in collaboration with hula practitioners, other cultural practitioners, the community, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Heritage Management Program, State Historic Preservation Division, and private land owners in the area.


  • To mālama this heiau in perpetuity
  • To complete an archaeological inventory survey
  • To design a preservation plan for this heiau
  • To restore the heiau to be utilized in hula practice by 2018
  • To research and design hula protocol
  • To teach protocol to practitioners and community
  • To study alignments with other heiau and puʻu
  • To inspire similar initiatives throughout  Hawaiʻi