Saddle with Lei at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu Island, Hawaii
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Saddle with Lei at Kualoa Ranch” – Digital Art Prints

Travel photo shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II at Kualoa Ranch on the Oahu Island, Hawaii, USA. Artist: Cris Orfescu – Digital Photography, Limited Edition fine art prints (giclee prints), archival inks on fine art paper, 13in x 19in (33cm x 47cm). All prints are hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Price: US$ 49, USA shipping: US$ 15. For large prints and alternative payment methods call (310) 397-2592 or email to info@travelphotoshots.com.

Saddle with Lei at Kualoa Ranch-Oahu Island-Hawaii-travel-photography-printsSaddle with Lei at Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch is located in the Kualoa Valley, on the windward coast of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This place was sacred to ancient Oahuans from the 13th to the 18th century, as it was where Laa-mai-kahiki settled after visiting Kauai and before returning to Tahiti. It was also the site of the sacred drums of Kapahuula and Kaahu-ulapunawai as well as the sacred Hill of Kauakahi-a-Kahoowaha, the key to the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Oahu.

Kualoa Ranch is open since the 1880s for tourist activities such as horseback riding and hiking, but is best known as a film location for productions such as Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, Windtalkers, Godzilla, and Lost.

Kualoa Ranch was also a place of refuge for people.

In 1941, the U.S. military occupied the land and used it for protection, shelter, and defense. After the war it was returned to the Morgan family. Kualoa Airfield was constructed on 1000 acres in 1942 and used during World War II. The airfield stretched across Kamehameha Highway from Kualoa Ranch to what is now Kualoa Regional Park. It was a satellite field used mainly for training. The inland property became Ahupuaʻa O Kahana State Park and Kualoa Ranch. Model airplane flyers are the only remaining aviation activity at the site.

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