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Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
Hilo wahi pana
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  • Celebrated places that have significance to the kamaʻāina Concept of wahi pana traditionally refers to a named place that has a story behind it explaining how the place was named Today includes historically important places such as churches, ranches, etc. Place names often reflect a special aspect of a location, a legend perhaps, or a physical texture lying just below a new growth of vegetation As one might expect, there was often a vast amount of variety in the potential definitions for any particular place name Depending on how the word was spelled (ʻokina or kahakō placement), it could completely change the context of the name
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    • 1. NĀ WAHI PANA O HILO Noted Places of Hilo HWST 100
    • 2. MOKU OLA
      • Means island of life, healing or living island
      • Hanuʻu ke kai i Mokuola
      • The sea recedes at Mokuola
      • Now is the opportune time to venture forth. When the sea receded, one could swim part away around with little effort.
    • 3. MOKU OLA
      • Legend says that Moku Ola is a piece of the island of Maui
      • The demigod Māui failed in his attempt to bring the islands closer together
          • Thus Moku Ola serves as a living reminder that focus and discipline is needed to achieve our goals
    • 4. MOKU OLA
          • Said to have contained a puʻuhonua
          • Piko of newborn infants brought to Papa a Hina located here
          • Across the channel was a luakini, or sacrificial heiau
          • Islet called Kaulaʻināiwi located beyond Moku Ola
      • County park. Facilities include a pavilion with restrooms, picnic tables, benches, walkway
      • Used for recreation
        • Fishing, swimming, picnicking,
          • Ka ua lei māʻohu o Waiānuenue The rain of Waiānuenue that is like a wreath of mist
          • Waiānuenue in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, is now known as Rainbow Falls. On sunny days, a rainbow can be seen in the falls, and on rainy days the rising vapor is suggestive of a wreath of mist
    • 7. KE ANA O HINA
      • The mythic home of the goddess Hina, mother of the demigod Māui
      • It was Hina who introduced kapa making to the people of Hilo
      • Kapu ʻili (skin law) prohibited the use of other people’s clothing.
      • Wai o Kuna - The river territory ma uka of Waiānuenue.
          • Moʻo Kuna tried to drown Hina when she rejected his affection
          • He threw a huge boulder over the falls, causing the water in the cave to rise
          • Hina called her son, Māui, to help
    • 9. KA WAʻA O MĀUI
    • 10. LONOKAEHO
          • Lonokaeho is a visual reminder of Māui’s strength. It also serves to remind us of the strength and support of family.
          • Wailuku River above Waiānuenue is shown above.
    • 11. PEʻEPEʻE
          • Peʻepeʻe means to hide continuously. It is a series of falls that pours turbulently into circular lava poolsKnown today as Boiling Pots
    • 12. MOʻO KUNA
          • Moʻo Kuna is a long, black rock that sits below the falls as punishment. Waiānuenue or Rainbow Falls is shown here after a period of heavy rains.
    • 13. KA PŌHAKU ʻO NAHA
          • Naha Stone (horizontal)
          • Pinao Stone (standing upright)
          • Served to test claims of royal blood in the Naha lineage
          • It is said that only a member of the royal family possessed the mana to move the stone
    • 14. KA PŌHAKU ʻO NAHA Kamehameha is said to have moved the stone even though he is not of the Naha lineage
    • 15. KEAUKAHA Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianā`ole spearheaded the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act in response to the dwindling population of Native Hawaiians. He convinced Congress to establish a permanent homeland for Native Hawaiian, today called Hawaiian Homes or ʻāina hoʻopulapula.
    • 16. KEAUKAHA
          • Keonekahakaha Waiuli
    • 17.