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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
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