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NĀ PALENA: Boundaries• Hilo, mai Māwae a ka pali o Maulua Hilo, from Māwae to the cliff of Maulua The extent of the Hilo district is from Māwae on the Puna side to Maulua on the Hāmākua side
NĀ HILO• Hilo Hanakahi – Region south of Hilo Bay named after an early chief and known for its groves of hala• Hilo One – Region of Hilo fronting the sandy beach of Hilo Bay• Hilo Palikū – A region of Hilo Bay with high sea cliffs
WIND & RAIN• Ka makani (wind) – `A`alahonua – Māluaki`iwai – Uluau – Kīhaelā`ī• Ka ua (rain) – Kanilehua – Lokuloku – Kinakinai – Mao `ole
ʻŌLELO NOʻEAU• `Ele`ele Hilo, panopano i ka ua Dark is Hilo, clouded with rain Hilo is always rainy• Halulu me he kapua`i kanaka lā ka ua o Hilo The rain of Hilo makes a rumbling sound like the treading of feet.
ʻŌLELO NOʻEAU• Hilo mahi haʻ aheo Hilo of the proud farmers The climate makes the soil of Hilo very easy to till, so the farmers used to make a game of planting. They used long digging sticks to make the holes and wore lei to work. Working in unison, they made a handsome picture.
ʻŌLELO NOʻEAU• Ke one ʻ anapa o Waiolama The sparkling sand of Waiolama This is an expression much used in chants of Hilo. Waiolama is a place between Waiākea and the town of Hilo. It is said to have sand that sparkled in the sunlight
ʻŌLELO NOʻEAU– Lei Hanakahi i ke ʻ ala me ke onaona o Panaʻ ewa • Hanakahi is adorned with the fragrance and perfume of Panaʻewa. The forest of Panaʻewa was famous for its maile vines and hala and lehua blossoms, well liked for making lei, so Hilo (Hanakahi) was said to be wreathed with fragrance
HILO FACTS• Hilo is the seat of Hawai`i County• Approximately 46,000 residents• Settled by missionaries circa 1822• Second largest city in the state• Said to be the wettest city in the U.S.
MERRIE MONARCH• Week long festival beginning with a Hoʻolauleʻa on Easter Sunday every year• Hula competition, parade, mid-day entertainment, exhibition night, arts & crafts fair• Click here to watch Hālau Hula O Kahikilaulanis hu . (I’m dancing in this video in the front row right hand corner when you’re looking at the stage)