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Tsunami-damaged ancient Hawaiian site restored

KAILUA-KONA >> A tsunami-damaged ancient Hawaiian stone platform used for worship has been restored. 

Ahuena Heiau, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteers from West Hawaii serving as primary caretakers of the heiau. The group says the year-long effort to restore the heiau in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island involved 3,000 hours of volunteer service.

The heiau is on the grounds of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, which suffered damage from the tsunami triggered by the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

The heiau is also on the national and state registers of historic places. 

The project was funded in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. 

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