Here is a partial picture of the district of Hāmākua that comes to us from an older map. We will talk about the borders later in this PP. I just wanted to point out Maulua here as that is the border on the Hilo side of Hāmākua as we learned earlier this semester.
Some quick facts about Hāmākua……….. And of course some landslides because of the wet weather in this area
Honoke`ā is a valley in the middle of Pololū and Waipi`o.
Rain …….Ka ua wa`awa`ahia o Waipi`o – The rain of Waipi`o sweeps along the gulleys and fulches as it pours Ka ua kīhene lehua o Hāmākua – the rain that produces lehua clusters of Hāmākua
I’ve shown a map here that shows that it touching the districts of …. This is also a play or a pun on the words “kihi loa.” A native of Hāmākua is said to avoid meeting strangers. And because of his/her bashfulness the person is said to turn side, or kihi, and go far away, or loa. Hence, the term “kihi loa.”
There is a saying not taken from the book, but you may hear in some mele – Nā pali ku`i `eiwa o Honokāne. And it refers to the cliffs and valleys and there are `eiwa or 9 along the coast of Hāmākua to from Pololū all the way to Laupāhoehoe.
Here is a picture of the koa`e birds, most noted for its long tail.
KA MOKU ʻO HĀMĀKUA District of Hāmākua HWST 100
HĀMĀKUA FACTS• Approximately 50 miles long• Known for lush tropical forests, waterfalls, valleys, cliffs
NĀ PALENA: BOUNDARIES• Hāmākua, mai Honoke`ā a Maulua Hāmākua, from Honoke`ā (on the Kohala side) to Maulua (on the Hilo side). The extent of Hāmākua