Sacred center of resort blessed, dedicated

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The audience, including Turquoise Santos, Leialoha Kaleimanahu, Sharon Ariola and Logan Ripley, left to right, applaud the proclamation being presented to the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort during hoomanalo of the Lei Makua site Friday near Hanamaulu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Keao NeSmith holds the ti leaf for staking and the pi kai while waiting on ‘Aha Kane to kani ka pu Friday during hoomanalo of the Lei Makua site at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Keao NeSmith secures a head lei atop Nalani Brun of the county’s Office of Economic Development Friday during hoomanalo of the Lei Makua site at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Keao NeSmith offers pi kai to Ben Dookchitra, the Kauai Beach Resort association of apartment owners board president, as Grant James, the resort’s general manager, looks on Friday during hoomanalo protocol of the Lei Makua site.

    Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dr. Keao NeSmith offers pi kai to Ben Dookchitra, the Kauai Beach Resort association of apartment owners board president, as Grant James, the resort’s general manager, looks on Friday during hoomanalo protocol of the Lei Makua site.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island Dr. Keao NeSmith uses a ti plant to begin laying out one of three hale to be built on Lei Makua, the site considered to be the piko of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Friday during hoomanalo protocol.

Dennis Fujimoto

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