HONOLULU - It's an area filled with thick kiawe trees and boulders. A site filled with burials and heiau.

This is Kuamoo, just South of Kona on the Big Island.  A place where perhaps the most pivotal battle in Hawaii history took place following the death of Kamehameha the great in 1819.

It was Hawaiians versus Hawaiians. Keola Beamer explains.

“The monarchists wanted to overturn the ai kapu. The kapus on eating and they wanted to begin a new system. A new religious, political system and the traditionalists wanted to keep the old ways of Hawaii.”

It was a bloody battle. And many of those killed remain buried there today.

Beamer is the president of the Aloha Kuamoo Aina. The organization, along with the Trust for Public Land now will own and steward this land.  It was acquired from Margaret Schattauer, who’s family has owned the land for generations.

“There are thousands of us in Hawaii, who have roots at Kuamoo,” said Beamer.  “That makes it such a very special poignant place for all of us. When you’re there, you can feel the deep gravitas of what happened with the Battle of Kuamoo in 1819.”

3 million dollars in DLNR's state legacy lands funds, and a half a million dollars from OHA, along with gifts from the community were used to purchase Kuamoo. And now this place steeped in history will be protected in perpetuity.

Schattauer has made it her mission to protect the land...It has been in her family for generations. . Beamer has much aloha for the woman who waited for them to raise the needed funds to purchase the land.

Aloha Kuamo'o Aina will still need funding to help preserve and protect this site.

For more information on how you can help.... Go to www.protectkuamoo.org.