Continuation of yesterday’s article on Waipio, Hawaii, 1877.

Upon that house foundation is where Hakau was killed by the men of Umi.

Pertaining to Pakaalana.—This is where was placed the sacred cord [aha kapu] of Liloa, that being Ahuula [Ahaula], and it was by this cord that the ancient alii were recognized by the cord falling, but if the person approaching before the cord was not an alii, it would not fall.

Stone Image [Kii Pohaku].—There is a tall rock standing at the corner of the enclosure, and within it is the stone image of Liloa, and it was beat by Kapiolani and she broke off the top of the stone, [?? a ua pakuiiae Kapiolani a haki iho o luna o ua pohaku la,] and beyond that lay the sacred platform of Liloa [ka paepae kapu o Liloa], which was made like stairs, Liloa’s was the second step above, where the sun rose, and the step below was his kahu’s; it was made like that so that the shadow of the kahu would not fall upon the alii.

Kahua Hale.—This is the foundation of the house that Liloa and the chiefs played konane, and this foundation is where Liloa found Umi playing konane, that is Kauleialoa.

Puuolea.—This is where the malihini chiefs went to rest, and if they wanted to have an audience with Liloa, they released a pig; if the pig went and lay before the kahuna of Liloa, then the alii would be called to go and see Liloa, but if the pig went and returned, then the alii was not allowed to go and see Liloa; it was understood that the alii was there to rob Liloa, and he was expelled immediately and if he loitered, he was put to death.

Papakonane.—Covered totally under sand is the konane board of Liloa, under coconut trees; if it was not buried in sand, the two of us would have dug it up with the kamaaina.

Honuaula.—This is a heiau looking straight out to sea where men were killed to sacrifice to the foolish gods of that Liloa, and Mokuula is the center of that heiau, it is a stone that stands at the ocean.

We saw the cliffs that Hainakolo climbed to eat ulei fruit; there is much ulei on that cliff, and it looks like a cliff that cannot be climbed by men; “Perhaps you can but while getting torn up by the ulei,” I said. All that remained to be seen was where Leimakani was found by Kaholoholouka and Kaholoholokai because of the rough ocean. We saw the house foundation where Luukia lived, that being the woman who splattered Lono [Lonokaiolohia] upon the rocks. This direction was toward the north side of Waipio going upland to the west.

Moaula.—This is a heiau; this is one of the places where Liloa lived and dedicated heiau, and it is a place where the alii stayed and had fun. It was there that all of the alii lived with their men when Umi went to fetch Hakau and kill him.

The way of the kahuna.—Right above Moaula Heiau is the area famous for these kahuna of the narrow path, because these kahuna treated the illness of the Chief Liloa until he died; the makaainana gathered together, whereupon they exited from a small door in the back of the house and climbed up the cliff; and from that is where this famous saying comes from: the kahuna travels on a narrow trail [he alaiki ko kahuna]; this is a road that is not overgrown by ulei until this day; pili is the grass that grows, and on the sides of the road ualei [ulei].

Neneue.—This is a pool, but there was a shark named Neneue, and it was there that the shark lived; when he saw men, women, and children going surfing; he told them,”Don’t you all go, the shark has not eaten its breakfast;” when the men and women reached the ocean, he followed, removed his clothes, and dove in; he swam as a shark and when he came upon a person, the shark chomped down. He then turned and returned home and this was something he always did; and it was someone from Kau who witnessed this, and so he went and bit the breast of Neneue making him ashamed making him go all the way to Hamakua where his stone body dwells.

Waiomao.—This is a pool, it is the water which Leimakani sprinkled upon his son, Lonokaiolohia, being that he was killed by Luukia, his wife, splattered upon the rocks, and at this pool, he was sprinkled water upon until he was revived, according to Lalau [Misconstrued] folks, and lived in Waipo and Kauluela.

Pertaining to Kaholoholouka and Kaholoholokai [the fishermen of Luukia].—These were the two men who found Leimakani at the ocean pool, when they went to go fishing, walking about the tide pools, and they raised him to adulthood; these are two valleys lying one below and one above.

The Waterfall of Hiilawe.—These waters are directly behind Mio’s house; the dropping of the water is lovely to see; my son climbed up alone and went swimming while I watched from the house while still having the falling waters in clear view. (Not concluded.)

[This was just a small part of a long account of a trip taken by S. Waiwaiole and his son J. K. Waiwaiole of Honolulu to North Kona on church business. While travelling through the district, S. Waiwaiole gives nice descriptions of what they are shown by the kamaaina. The articles ran from 10/11/1877 to 12/13/1877 in Ka Lahui Hawaii. Unfortunately the images of this newspaper online are not very clear.

Is there anyone today who is kamaaina with all the places that the Waiwaioles were shown.]

(Lahui Hawaii, 11/1/1877, p. 2)


Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke III, Helu 44, Aoao 2. Novemaba 1, 1877.

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