Reminiscences of Haena,


Some years ago, you would go by horse to see the wet caves at Haena. Now, the tourists can go easily and get to these wet caves; you travel on the pali to get to Haena.

Now cars can go and look into one of the waters called by the name Waiakanaloa.

One of these wet caves is above another wet cave; you climb up and get to where you can look down and ?????? the frigid waters like ice.

However before you reach this wet cave mentioned before, you will see a dry cave, and that is Maniniholo.

In previous times of Haena, Kakuai, some sightseers ???? into these wet caves, they boarded canoes and entered and jumped into the cold waters. Some people say that the body of the bathers turn white like snow, and the water is very cold when it touches the skin.

It is not known where the water comes from, but there is water there, it is as if these famous wet caves come up from the earth.

Maniniholo is not a wet cave; you can go in it but it is not like before when people just stood at one place, because dirt has been spread, so some places are stable, and it is filled over with sand from the beach. There are a lot of different things that are being told by those writing about storied places of these areas and the stories of the very old past. You leave these caves and you get to the cliffs where firebrands were thrown in the early days of this land. Leave there and then you see the heiau where Lohiau stayed, and now, in that place is the beautiful home of the Brown brothers [hoahanau Balaunu], the children of Mrs. Irene Kahalelaukoa [Ii] Brown before, but recently Mrs. C. S. Holloway.

That is where you see the stone foundation where Lohiau lived, and there he danced hula [???? hula ???? hele] with Hiiakaikapoliopele after Hiiaka sought to save Lohiau, and after he was revived, they left on their travels to Hawaii Island.

There are many fine things in this area of Haena along with their stories which are being greatly sought after by those writing the history of Hawaii.

[This article continues on, but it gets harder and harder to read. Hopefully the original is clearer so one day we can see what the article actually says!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/6/1931, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXIV, Helu 27, Aoao 2. Ianuari 6, 1931.


The winds of Haena, Kauai and beyond, 1906.

[Found under: “KA MOOLELO o Hiiaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele.”]

A Kalahale is the wind of Haena

A Limahuli is the wind of Haena

A Kolokini is the surfing wind of Kahuanui and Lohiauipo in Haena

A Unukupua is the voice-carrying wind of Lohiauipo in Haena

A Kanaenae is the fragrance-carrying wind of Lohiauipo in Haena

A Kilauea is the love-snatching wind of Lohiau in Haena

A Leoikua is the love-carrying wind of Lohiau in Haena

A Iponoenoelauae is the woman-fetching wind of Lohiauipo in Haena

Much aloha for Lohiauipo, my lover in Haena Continue reading

Lohiauipo’s house disappears, 1892.

That Stone House.

A number of people at Kilauea, Kauai, on hearing of the excavation by the sea of the ancient stone house of Lohiau at Haena, started on Sunday, the 4th inst., to see that treasure, but they were greatly disappointed, as the sea had buried it again after it had remained in view for a week only.

The kamaainas of Haena showed the spot where the relic was, but no one dared to unearth it again. According to them, the stone was of immense dimensions, and required the combined strength of a large number of people to remove it.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 12/13/1892, p. 3)

That Stone House.

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XVI, Number 3251, Page 3. December 13, 1892.

More on the stone house of Lohiau, 1892.


A Tidal Wave Brings a Stone House to View.

A correspondent from Kilauea, Kauai, writes to the Advertiser that during the recent tidal wave at Kauai, the sea washed off the beach at Haena for a considerable distance inland, bringing a big stone to view. The stone is said to be cut in the shape of a house, every part being complete. The stone was hollow inside, representing sleeping apartments. The writer, however, does not state whether an ordinary man could sleep in it or not. The sea is now dashing upon the house, and it may be totally destroyed if not removed soon. The stone is situated at the base of the Pali of Ke-e, where the remains of the heathen temple of Lohiau now stands. The residents of Haena claim the stone to be the dwelling house of Lohiau, as it answers to the descriptions of it handed down in history. The neighborhood where the ancient stone-house now stands is supposed to be the exact spot where Lohiau’s stood. Not far from it, about three or four hundred yards inland, are the wonderful caves of Kanaloa and Kapalae, whose strange waters have mystified the Hawaiians since the days of Papa and Wakea.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 12/5/1892, p. 3)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XVI, Number 3244, Page 3. December 5, 1892.

The appearance of the lost hale of Lohiau in Haena, 1892.


Some people from Kilauea, Kauai, when they heard that that ancient stone house of Lohiau in Haena was dug up by the sea and visible, they went immediately on Sunday, the 4th of this month to witness one of the famous ancient places of Kauai. However, they were dumbfounded that the stone structure was reburied by the sea after being visible for but a short week.

The kamaaina of Haena pointed out where they saw that relic, however, none of them was willing to attempt to dig it up again. Because they saw that it was a massive rock, and its size was fantastic, and that it would be a feat for them to re-raise that rock; this would only be possible with a huge amount of people, and that is why they thought that; or perhaps, that this was a magical occurrence, and just as its appearance was wondrous, so too was its disappearance.

[It is unfortunate that there are no digital images of this important newspaper available online yet.]

(Hawaii Holomua, 12/15/1892, p.2)


Hawaii Holomua, Buke III, Helu 120, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 15, 1892.

Play of Pele and Lohiau at Hawaii Theater, 1925.

Tableau of the Hawaiian Dramatic Club

The Tableau of Pele and Lohiau shown in the Hawaii Theater [Halekeaka Hawaii] last Friday by the Hawaiian Dramatic Club. The play will be shown at Los Angeles, on the journey of the Royal Order of Kamehameha [Ahahui Kamehameha] for the city day coming up in June.

(Kuokoa, 4/23/1925, p. 5)

Tabalo a ka Haw'n Dramatic Club

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 17, Aoao 5. Aperila 23, 1925.

More plays! 1925.


This play was shown at Waikiki Park on this past Saturday, and will be shown again on this Satrday night. From the left to the right—Alice Malahea, Lydia Holt, William Smith, Abbie Lincoln.

[This is another i wish i could have seen! This is a repost from the abandoned Hoolaupai Facebook page of times past. I like the format of because it is very easily searched!]

(Kuokoa, 5/21/1925, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 21, Aoao 5. Mei 21, 1925.

Hula Critique, 1875.

Hula of Haena.

O Lahui Hawaii; Aloha to you:—

While living here in the village of Haena, gazing at the cliff faces of Makana, and enjoying the softly blowing winds of the land, and reveling in the leaves of the kawelu grass; what I am fond of is the beautifully breaking waves, those companion waves which Lohiau surfed in days past, in our old stories. Then I see men, women, and children of this unfamiliar land in which I live, parading to the hula house. How dismaying! O Haena—don’t agonize, but think. Time now has moved forward, and here you are reverting backwards, and stumbling at Kanapo[?]. Here we are, the devout, seeing how truly horrifying the hula is of the people here who are going in droves down into the whirlpool, just as the saying goes, “Kohala is crowded to the very opening.” As soon as the assembly conch is blown, they run and disappear.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” [Mataio 11:28] And look at James 5:5. Therefore I am concerned over what was said by the prophet, Ezekiel 33:3–5. Look to this teaching.

With aloha,
D. P. Puniawa,
Haena, Kauai, Oct. 11, 1875.

(Lahui Hawaii, 10/21/1875, p. 2)

Ka Hula o Haena

Lahui Hawaii, Buke I, Helu 43, Aoao 2, Okatoba 21, 1875.