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Big Island of Hawaii – Waikoloa Village's "Scenic Point" History

Originally, a landmark literally meant a geographic feature used by explorers and others to find their way back or through an area.

In modern usage, a landmark includes anything that is easily recognizable, such as a monument, building, or other structure. In American English, it is the main term used to designate places that might be of interest to tourists due to notable physical features of historical significance. Do you recognize this one?

Waikoloa Village’s “scenic point”

Before Waikoloa Road, before Queen Kaahumanu Highway, passersby would gather at this familiar structure situated near the intersection of Waikoloa Road and Mamalahoa Highway. In 1971, Boise Cascade built the landmark in the shape of an old-fashioned canoe sail, representing the sky and the ocean.

From this vantage point, onlookers were indeed treated to a spectacular view of the ocean and the sky, from Kona to Kohala. Sadly, the steps to the platform and dedication plaque have deteriorated over the years, but the beauty remains for all to enjoy.

I love historical tidbits…I live, work, and play in Waikoloa Village!

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Julie Keller, RS

August 24, 2011

So cool Catherine, I’ve seen this landmark my entire life and now I know the history of it! I always though it looked like a sail…confirmed!

Julie Keller, RS

August 24, 2011

So cool Catherine, I’ve seen this landmark my entire life and now I know the history of it! I always though it looked like a sail…confirmed!

Annie Mendoza, (RS)

August 25, 2011

Aloha Catherine! mahalo for sharing this tidbit of history! it is very interesting!!!

Annie Mendoza, (RS)

August 25, 2011

Aloha Catherine! mahalo for sharing this tidbit of history! it is very interesting!!!

Annie Mendoza, (RS)

August 25, 2011

Aloha Catherine! People always ask me why that Puu on the Kona side of Waikoloa Rd between the Village and Upper Hwy has a chunk out of it? it looks burnt, or maybe decayed? Or was it a quarry? hard to say but I want to find out…Mahalo!

Annie Mendoza, (RS)

August 25, 2011

Aloha Catherine! People always ask me why that Puu on the Kona side of Waikoloa Rd between the Village and Upper Hwy has a chunk out of it? it looks burnt, or maybe decayed? Or was it a quarry? hard to say but I want to find out…Mahalo!

Annie Mendoza, (RS)

August 25, 2011

Oh…if I find out I’ll let you know. Unless you beat me to it:-0

Annie Mendoza, (RS)

August 25, 2011

Oh…if I find out I’ll let you know. Unless you beat me to it:-0

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