Welina Mānoa


This picture is of Kāne and Kanaloa, Kāne is using his oʻo to locate water and Kanaloa is drinking water or ʻawa.
*This picture is from the Board of Water Supply.

Ka Moʻolelo o Kānewai (The Moʻolelo of Kānewai):

“Kāne and Kanaloa were swimming in the Kahala area. After their swim, they wanted to rinse off and drink water. The two searched for water and headed to the Mōʻiliʻili area. They searched and searched and no water could be found. Kanaloa became frustrated and began to tease Kāne and his abilities to find fresh water. Kāne kept telling Kanaloa to be patient. Soon Kāne located a spot where he thought there was fresh water. Many believed Kāne had the ability to hear the water moving in the ground. Using his oʻo made of kamani, Kāne struck the ground with his oʻo and a huge spring of cool fresh water sprung up. The two akua were able to rinse the sand off their bodies, drink water and ʻawa. The area where Kāne created the spring is called Kānewai, the area that the sand washed off their bodies is called Kanaloa. This area is also known today as the Sand Quarry.”
-Story retold by Hiapo Cashman

Listen to the audio version of this moʻolelo below, retold by Summer Maunakea:
The Story of Kāne and Kanaloa

Ka Moʻolelo o Hāloa (The Moʻolelo of Hāloa):

Kalo is very important to the Hawaiian people because it is our ancestor. We know this from the story of Papa and Wākea. Papa is our earthmother and Wākea is our skyfather. They are also the parents of Ho‘ohōkūkalani, a daughter. When Ho‘ohōkūkalani grows older, she has a baby, but the baby is born prematurely. She names the baby Hāloa-naka and buries the baby in the ground. From this burial site grows the first kalo. Kalo becomes the main food that keeps the Hawaiian people healthy. Later, Ho‘ohōkūkalani has another baby, a healthy boy, and they name him Hāloa in honor of his elder sibling. Hāloa is the first high chief of Hawai‘i and is the common ancestor of all the Hawaiian people. From this story we learn the kalo and the earth are our ancestors and that they take care of us by providing food to keep us healthy. We also learn that our job as their mo‘opuna is to take care of the land and all the resources needed to care for kalo so that they can continue to nourish us.

Listen to the audio version of this moʻolelo below, retold by Punihei Lipe:
The Moʻolelo of Hāloa

Hoʻokaheawai; Hoʻoulu ʻĀina

Hoʻokahewai Hoʻoulu ʻĀina: In 1980, several students from UH re-discover the abandoned ‘auwai and begin growing kalo and other dry land indigenous and native species and plants. With the “Hawaiian renaissance” movement taking shape throughout Hawaiʻi, the project Hoʻokahe Wai Ho‘oulu ‘Āina based on the philosophy, “make the water flow, make the land productive,” was initiated through the Hawaiian language club Hui Aloha ‘Āina Tuahine. The vision for the revitalization of this site, as outlined by the students, became even more evident once the physical project took shape. With the guidance of kupuna such as Harry Künihi Mitchell, the traditional ‘auwai leading from the Mānoa Stream and lo‘i (taro patches) were restored and dry planting areas and a hālau (thatched pavilion) were constructed. Members of Ho‘okahewai Ho‘oulu ‘Āina were the founding members of Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘O Kānewai. Since itʻs humble beginnings, Kanewai has hosted over 100,000 people in the last 30 years.

Listen to the audio version of this moʻolelo below, retold by Hiapo Cashman:
The Story of Hoʻokahewai; Hoʻoulu ʻĀina