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Kualoa Ranch, Kualoa Valley, Oahu Island

The area now occupied by Kualoa Ranch, was once one of the most sacred places to ancient Oahuans. It was the site of the sacred drums of Kapahuula, and also Kaahu-ulupunawai. The site also had the sacred hill of Kauakahi-a-Kaho'owaha also known as the key to sovereignty of the Kingdom of Oahu.

In 1850 an American missionary, Dr. Gerrit P. Judd, purchased 622 acres from King Kamehameha III, that also included the fishing rights and the islet of Mokoli'i (Chinamens hat). A decade later in 1860 Dr. Judd purchased 2200 more acres. Some years later Charles Judd, Dr. Judd's son, purchased an additional 1188 acres to bring the property up to the 4000 acres that Kualoa Ranch is today. In 1863 Charles Judd and his brother in law started a sugar plantation and mill, but unfortunately the low rainfall over the course of the next few years forced the mill to close in 1870. The remains of the old mill can still be seen on the property today.

During WWII, the U.S. Military occupied the ranch and re-purposed it for shelter, protection and defense. They also used it for the Kualoa Airfield. Once the war had concluded the property was returned to the Morgan Family, who are descendants of the Judd family.

Kualoa ranch today is a working beef cattle ranch that also provides many activities for visitors including horseback riding, hiking, ATV adventures, and many other family activities. The ranch has also been the scenic backdrop for many Hollywood movies including Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla and the TV series Lost.


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