During Kamehameha’s conquest of the Islands, Kalama‘ula, on Molokai, was where Kalola became ill and they could not carry out their original intention of going to Oʻahu to join Kahekili. Kamehameha followed Kalola to Molokai and asked Kalola for Keōpūolani (Kalola’s granddaughter) to be his queen. It was also here that Kamehameha V planted 1,000 coconut trees; it was his favorite area for retreats.
Some suggest the area was named for a stone … and a song was written about the beauty of the area. The US Congress passed the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to provide lands for Hawaiians; in 1922, Kalamaʻula became the first Hawaiian homestead subdivision in the islands.