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Palolo Valley
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At 11:19am on May 14, 2013, Lehua said…



Moanalua, the valley of peace where I met Hawai-
ians imbued with aloha for the land and those who
came. Namakahelu Maka'ena, Malia Kau, Solomon
Mokumai'a, Clara Mokumai'a, people who remain in
my memory with affection. I have a bond of aloha
with those Hawaiians and Gertrude Damon and Mo-
We all owe something to them. That energetic
one, N amakahelu. One must know she was blind. She
taught her niece, Malia Kau, to chant in the oli style,
and it was Malia who taught Iolani Luahine and Pele
Puku'i, my daughter.
I worked with Gertrude Damon, gathering the
history of these beloved people. I used to come out
Saturdays on the street car to the end of the line.
Our writing ended the day before Pearl Harbor was
"Kahalelauki"? Where the ti leaves were used, that
was kapu. Yes, "Up the river into the valley," that
was pointed out to me. "The stream was wide from
the sea."
Just what Namakahelu told me.
So did
Malia Kau. "Kamawaelualani, Kahikilaulani," yes, I
remember. We wrote it down exactly as they told us.
I just never can get over the beauty of Moanalua.
Many picnics I have had in the Gardens with my fam -
ily. And the valley, it makes me want to cry; why
do they want to put a highway there. Moanalua, the
valley of peace, must remain so.
June 1971


from the writings of Gertrude MacKinnon Damon
on Moanalua and its unwritten history as told to
her by Namakahelu and other older inhabitants
on pages 8,13,16,19,20,26,28
W. Tip Davis and William Carlson
on pages 7, 10, 14,22,24
Frances M. Damon
Mid-Pacific Press, Inc.
Honolulu Graphic Arts, Inc.
Photo Prints
Master Color Lab.
Moanalua Gardens Foundation
1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819


I draw near the place
where the rainbow sp reads like a curtain . . .
from the Opening Prayer to
the Story of Kahikilaul ani and Mawaelualani


Above the dividing waters
at Panae and Mano, far above Kulanaahane,
the village standing above the floating sea,
in the misty upper reaches of Waolani,
dwelt the mountain chiefs of Moanalua
in that part of the land inhabited by
the spirits of a dim age.
It was forbidden to speak of those times or the great chiefs
of old, so sacred were they, and the valley they dwelled in.
The tabu sticks stood at the entrance of this particular
valley. Even in my times, it was difficult to get permission
to go up the valley, the gates were always locked. Some
echo from the past still lingered. On certain nights, the
sacred drums could be heard calling the great ones together ...
If only the past could speak, if the whispering winds would
unfold to me the secrets of the past, if the gentle moon
would recall the scenes of the ancient culture.

Pohakuluahine at Kahaukomo
The word "tabu" was the external manifestation of the whole
magical world concept of mana and of totemism, at once the
religion, the government and the social order of the islands.
The roads to the places of sacrifice were always tabu roads.


Petroglyph rocks whi ch dot the history of ancient Hawaii and hint
of things long lost.
Figures of bird men and turtle men .. ". a number of curious figures including
some representing the Al aea bird. The Alaea bird had some importance to the
ancient priesthood, it signified the questioning, the interrogation point,
the kiko, the searcher for truth. It was a symb

At 11:16am on May 14, 2013, Lehua said…

this is the father of Elizabeth Kainoa Feary who wrote this:

Title: Ancient Legends that were copied by H. B. Lohelani of Moanalua, Honolulu 1877 - In Hawaiian with translation
Source: M. W. Beckwith Collection
Location: HEN vol. 1 p. 1681-1688


Aper. 16, ma Kalaheo, Kauai, hanau o Keoniiki k., na Keoni me Kaikina.
Aper. 24, ma ia wahi no hanau o Maiohoiki k., he keiki kamehai na Hanalei.
Iune 23, ma ia wahi no hanau o Rahelaiki w., na A. W. Maioho me Moehaona.
Iune 21, ma Wahiawa, Kauai, hanau o Kelohaiki w., na Manoi me Keloha.
Aper. 3, ma Moanalua, Oahu, hanau o W. Kaililaukea w., na Kahawaii me Kalua.
Iune 19, ma Moanalua, Oahu, hanau o William Hughes k., na H. Bolabola me R. Kahalelauniu.

Iune 14, ma Nini, Honolulu, Oahu, hanau o Inoaole w., na Kelohapauole mo Kamakani.
Iune 22, ma Manoa, hanau o Asimeda k., na Kolea me Manoa.
Iune 16, ma Kaoawai, Honolulu, hanau o Kalaokekahuli w., keiki kamehai na Wehea.
Iune 12, ma Papaula, Hamakualoa, Maui, hanau o Keahi k., na Kuheleloa me Keanu.
Aper. 18, ma Palauea, Honuaula, hanau o Kumoho k., na Pai me Akaa.
Mei 11, ma Paeahu, Honuaula, hanau o Haehae w., na J. Kukahiko me Kamaka.
Aper. 18, ma Palauea, Honuaula, hanau o Kaalaneo w., na Kanana me Kaohu.

At 7:41am on March 21, 2013, Lehua said…

Which Feary are you? Mackey Feary ohana??  Tutu Elizabeth Kainoa Feary was my Tutu Kukakina Lohelani Polapola McCandless sister

At 9:54pm on December 24, 2011, Kaohi Mendiola-Kaniaupio said…

Happy Holidays, and family celebration in/from Hawaii.


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