Tour: Wahi Pana
Wahi Pana means celebrated places. These are areas that have significance for the people who live here. In this section we will visit a few of the celebrated places at Nawiliwili Bay. We also meet our historical guides, who share their stories and knowledge about Nawiliwili throughout 'Ainakumuwai: Ahupua'a of Nawiliwili Bay.

Hobey Goodale grew up at Kalapaki in the 1930's. At the age of 18, he was in charge of the last sugar harvest at Kipu. Hobey's knowledge about the ahupua'a of Nawiliwili Bay is unique. His knowledge is based on a love of the land, its people, and Hobey's active participation in their history. Mahalo, Hobey.

To the right, Hobey from his polo playing days at Kipu.

Cheryl Lovell-Obatake is a media star. You have seen her on TV - testifying on behalf of the land, the water, and Hawaiian culture. Cheryl's roots are deep inside the ahupua'a of Nawiliwili Bay. Cheryl shares her stories and mana'o (thoughts) from a solid base of experience, knowledge, and aloha. Mahalo, Cheryl.

is a dominant feature of Nawiliwili Bay. Like an old friend, Ha'upu greets us as we approach from the ocean.
Photo by David Boynton

As we travel around Nawiliwili Bay, Ha'upu is visible from every ahupua'a. It is a southern boundary for the ahupua'a of Ha'iku and Kipu.
Photo by David Boynton, pilot Casey Riemer of Jack Harter Helicopters.

Ha'upu is both a ridge and peak. It was also called the Hoary Head. Although Ha'upu means recollection, its name is now associated with a giant of the same name who lived there. (Wichman)
Photo by David Boynton, pilot Casey Riemer of Jack Harter Helicopters.

Ha'upu mauna kilohana i ka la'i.
Ha'upu, a mountain outstanding in the calm.
Said of a person of outstanding achievement, also used in praise of Ha'upu.
Olelo No'eau #496
Ka'i ka pua'a i luna o Ha'upu, e ua ana.
When the pigs move around the summit of Ha'upu, it is going to rain.
Referring to puffy pig clouds around Ha'upu as a sign of rain.
Oleleo No'eau #1395
Ka 'ohu wanana ua of Ha'upu
The mist of Ha'upu that foretells rain.
Olelo No'eau#1513

Kilohana is another celebrated place of Nawiliwili Bay. The ahupua'a of Kalapaki, Nawiliwili, Niumalu, and part of Ha'iku begin on the slopes of this small shield volcano. Kilohana means look out point, or the best, superior. It is indeed a superior place to look out over Nawiliwili. To the right, the view from Kilohana, with the collapse crater at its summit visible in the foreground.
Photo by David Boynton, pilot Casey Riemer of Jack Harter Helicopters.

Alekoko (The Menehune Fishpond)
, is a major reminder of Hawaiian culture in this area. Frederick Wichman says there used to be five other fishponds on this side of the river, with three more on the Ha'upu side.
Photo by David Boynton

Kalapaki Bay
is a favorite gathering place for locals and tourists. It is the ocean border of the ahupua'a of Kalapaki
Photo by David Boynton, pilot Casey Riemer of Jack Harter Helicopters.

Pau kini
is the rock where the kahuna-nui (head priest) of Kuhiau heiau (temple) lived. It survived the harbor construction, and remains to this day a celebrated place at Kalapaki Bay. (Wichman)
Cheryl says, "My uncle used to sit on Pau kini. If you look closely, the rock is in a formation of a chair, and that is where he could spot manini (surgeonfish), mullet."

is the second famous rock at Kalapaki. Cheryl tells the story of old man Aiu - " He used to feed the fish off that rock, a lot of sharks came in. He had his own old ways of giving back to the fish, feeding the fish, making sure they come - and it was all for the people, for everybody in the community."

These are but some of the celebrated places of Nawiliwili Bay. You may have your own places to celebrate. In order to talk about the changes leading to the way Nawiliwili Bay is today, we need to begin by describing the natural history of this area, or what it was like before Hawaiian voyagers arrived.
Created June 2001