Welcome To Kahua Ranch
"Kahua means the beginning, the source, the foundation
and this is what our property has been built on. The main house on Kahua Ranch is over a hundred years old and there aren’t many of these old places left around here. The original house was built around 1870 or 1880. At that time, it belonged to Godfrey Burchardt. The Burchardts sold it to John Maguire who sold it to
Frank Woods. He then sold it to my family and Ronald von Holt. I believe the articles of incorporation
for the sale were signed March 21, 1928. My father moved up here a few months after they bought the ranch and worked here relatively a short time – about two or three years. During that time, I was born in
September 1929, so I wasn’t too far behind the formation of the ranch."
Excerpt from Ranching Under the Rainbow by Monty Richards.
The History Of Kahua Ranch-Part 1
The History Of Kahua Ranch-Part 2
Kahua Ranch Ltd is on the old Hawaiian ahupua’a of Kahua. This was the pie shaped piece of land
that went from the mountain to the sea. Legends of Kahua have Kamehameha I training his armies
that would then go on to conquer all of the islands. A little known fact is that Kahua was an
R&R site for the military during World War II. A place for military to get away and recover
from what they were exposed to in the Pacific Theater.
In 1928 Kahua Ranch was purchased from the Woods family by Atherton Richards and Ronald von Holt, two men looking for a new venture. Kahua Ranch today looks slightly different than it did in 1928. In the mid 1980’s the IRS stated that a single business must have a single corporate structure and the families decided to split the ranch to become Kahua Ranch Ltd and Ponoholo Ranch Ltd.
Both ranches still work together in operations as well as joint ventures.
"the Beginning, the Source, the Foundation"
Prior to 1848: Kahua 1 was awarded to Lot Kapuaaiwa and Kahua 2 was awarded to his sister, Victoria Kamamalu
1848: The Great Mahele (land division)
1883: Allen and Stackpole sold it to George Holmes
1886: Kahua was purchased by the Burchardt Brothers
1891: John Maguire became the new owner
1895: Maguire sold a half interest in the property to Frank Woods who later purchased the remaining interest
1928: Atherton Richards and Ronald von Holt bought the Ranch
1980’s: Kahua and Ponoholo was split into two properties – Kahua Ranch and Ponoholo Ranch as they are today