Welina Mānoa


Muliwai –
After the hiapo, the first born in a family, every subsequent child is considered a muli, meaning they have come after the first. Just as a muli is lower on the generational tree, a muliwai is not the source, or head water, but the remaining water that flows down to lower areas of the land, eventually reaching the sea. Wai is water or liquid of any kind other than sea water. Muliwai also refers to the river mouth, where fresh water meets salt water. Generally, this created an area teeming with life, as the mixing of the nutrients from the uplands emptying into the sea created an ideal climate for many plants and fish.