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The property of Lanikuhonua is located in Ko Olina, or “Place of Joy” in Hawaiian. James Campbell, a business pioneer with deep roots here in Hawai‘i, first purchased the land in 1877 and later developed the great plantations on O‘ahu’s ‘Ewa Plain. One of Mr. Campbell's four daughters, Alice Kamokila Campbell, leased a portion of the land in 1939 to use as her private residence. The beachfront property originally included a thatched Hawaiian house within the lush, tropical surroundings. She named her slice of Paradise, “Lanikuhonua,” as she felt it was the place “Where Heaven Meets the Earth.”
From the beginning, Alice Campbell cherished the special history of the property where she resided. Lanikuhonua was known to be a tranquil retreat for Hawai‘i's chiefs. It was said that Queen Ka'ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha I, bathed in the “sacred pools,” the three ocean coves that front the property. Stories were passed down about the Hawaiian ceremonies that took place on these native grounds. Campbell’s respect for its precious history can be felt as you step onto the property even today.
Lanikuhonua’s place in history continued beyond serving as a playground for Hawaiian royalty. During World War II, Campbell invited the United States Organization (USO) to use Lanikuhonua as an army and navy recreation area. The area was nicknamed “Camp Bell” by the soldiers.
Alice Kamokila Campbell had used her home at Lanikuhonua to preserve, display and promote the cultural traditions of Hawai'i. Now, the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the James Campbell Company LLC, operates and maintains the grounds with that same mission in mind. By allowing visitors from around the world an opportunity to experience the rich, cultural history and lush, natural surroundings of this beautiful property, Alice Campbell’s tradition is continued today.