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Hawaiian Heritage sites set to launch on CyArk website

New perspective of Ahuena Heiau, created from 3D laser scan data. (Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by CyArk)


Last December, CyArk, with the help of its partners, conducted the field work for the Digital Preservation of three culturally significant Hawaiian sites.

Those sites, or wahi pana (“place(s) of significant meaning” in Hawaiian), were Hulihee Palace, which was the summer residence of the Hawaiian royal family, Ahuena Heiau, which was Kamehameha the Great’s personal temple, and portions of the Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Park, which served as a sanctuary to those fleeing from capture or punishment.

Since then, CyArk has been working with the collected data to create a sample of project deliverables, which include site animations, photography, panoramas, perspectives, and drawings.

Here’s a preview of the new fly through animation for the Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park site:

This and other content will be available soon as each of the wahi pana launch on the online CyArk archive.

This information will help to forward the pilot project’s goal of showcasing oft-overlooked Hawaiian heritage sites and highlighting the need for cultural resource preservation throughout the state.

Also, because the Ahuena Heiau is generally inaccessible to the public, its inclusion will allow people a rare glimpse into a sacred site important to the Hawaiian culture.

The project was made possible through the support and collaboration of Keauhou Beach Resort, Daughters of Hawaii, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, and Gauge Point Calibration.

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The scanning camera at Ahuena Heiau. (Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by CyArk)

The CyArk cameras set up at Hulihee Palace. (Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by CyArk)

Hulihee Palace (Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by CyArk)

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