Kapapala Ranch


This place that I would like to talk about is called Kapapala Ranch. It is located about five miles above the town of Pahala.

Kapapala was built in the late 1800's, back in the paniolo days. It is here that my great-great grandmother and grandfather (my mom's parents), had first started their family.

This ranch has been through many owners who lease the property... but the only owner that I know of is Gordon Cran. Presently, he is the leaser of Kapapala Ranch.

As told by kupuna sources, Kapapala was the ranch in the past. This was before Parker Ranch in Waimea was built. Kapapala's boundary ran from the Volcano's National Park sign, all the way to the boundary of Kahuku Ranch (from mountain to sea).

Broken pavements, deep gulches, fallen trees, and overgrown weeds are now found on the ranch. The once well taken cared place is no longer what it used to be.

Kapapala was known for the richness of its soil, wildlife, natural habitats of animals and native Hawaiian plants. Several changes have taken place over the years. For instance, there has been much erosion. When it rains in the ranch and surrounding area, its waterfalls flow and fill up the rather small pond. When this pond is filled, the water overflows down the mountain into natural and man-made gulches, which take a lot of rocks and dirt on its trip to the ocean.

Now, the ranch is smaller. Kapapala was shared by a very distinguished company called C. Brewer Sugar Company Ltd. C. Brewer Sugar Company Ltd. had redecorated the landscape with endless fields of sugar cane. To some people, this came as a blessing that offered them a good oppurtunity for a job. The jobs helped our community prosper.

Then C. Brewer Sugar Company closed down the sugar plantation and now the fields of sugar still remains...but as a ghostly reminder to times past.

I have not been back to the ranch in many months; and just recently, there was a big fire on the outer part of Kapapala, right by the highway. Now you can see how the land was shaped before bushes and trees took over. Everything is cleared and the only thing that remains standing are the tree skeletons and telephone and electric lines. In a way, the fire did a wonderful clearing job; but it destroyed natural habitats for the wild animals.



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