|Well-preserved slide in Keauhou|
The sled itself, called "papa holua," was made of naive hardwoods like kauila, uhiuhi or mamane. The crosspieces, runners and rails were affixed with sennit cord fashioned out of coconut fiber. The rails were wrapped in kapa cloth, while the frame was covered in lauhala matting.
Guests of Holualoa Inn can walk our historic grounds, where the remnants of an ancient holua slide can be seen in our botanical gardens. Our 30-acre coffee estate also features an historic coffee trail that passes alongside the Inn. When you stay at our Hawai‘i Big Island bed and breakfast, you'll surely feel the spirit of ancient Hawai‘i and the ali‘i (royalty) who once traveled at breakneck speed down the steep and thrilling holua slides.
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