The Royal Gift

The Story Behind the Name

Ka Makana Ali‘i tells a story that honors both the new, vibrant West O‘ahu community and our host Hawaiian culture in a deep and powerful way.

The name Ka Makana Ali‘i pays tribute to Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole who conceived of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act allotting hundreds of thousands of acres of government land to Native Hawaiians. This permanent homeland is a perpetual gift and legacy that lives on today. The Ka Makana Ali‘i logo features ti leaves, a symbol of good luck in Hawai‘i that signifies prosperity. The encircled ti leaves represent the vision of Ka Makana Ali‘i as the “Center for West O‘ahu,” while the subtle use of hands in making the offering reinforces the meaning of the center’s name, “The Royal Gift.”