KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - We often hear recounts of bloody battles and legendary warriors in Hawaiian history, but there are stories where peace prevailed as well. Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club historian Mâhealani Cypher shares one such story with Amy Kalili.
It's a good part of our history where we made peace instead of making war, here at Nâonealaʻa.
Koʻolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
He wahi maluhia nô ʻo Nâonealaʻa.
ʻO Nâonealaʻa ka inoa maoli o ka Pâka Kahakai o Kâneʻohe e waiho ana ma ka hopena o ke alanui o Waikalua ma Kâneʻohe.
Nâonealaʻa is now known as Kâneʻohe Beach Park.
The name means the "sands of Laʻa". Laʻa is from Laʻamaikahiki, the chief who came and stayed at this beach, who landed on this beach.
Kapa ʻia kçia kahakai no Laʻamaikahiki ke aliʻi nui i hôʻea i ʻaneʻi i ka wâ kahiko.
Nui ko Mahealani a me ka ʻAhahui Sîwîla Hawaiʻi o Koʻolaupoko noiʻi ʻana i ka môʻaukala o kçia ʻâina nei.
Mâhelani and the Koʻolaupoko Club have done reasearch on the area.
It's also a wahi kapu, because there was a heiau on top of that hill where the park is and there were two more heiau on this hill.
Actually, there were two heiau, Nâonealaʻa and Kalaoa.
He wahi kapu kçia. He mau heiau ko kçia pâka ma mua. Ma ia puʻu ala ʻo Nâonealaʻa a ma ʻô ʻo Kalaoa.
Wahi a kahiko, i ka makahiki 1737, holo ana he kaua ʻino nô ma waena o nâ mokupuni o ka paeʻâina a he hoʻokahe koko nui ke ʻano.
She found that in 1737, a bloody battle was brewing across the island chain.
And it came to the point where the kahuna, the advisors to the chief, decided too much blood had been shed. So, they advised the chiefs to come together here at Nâonealaʻa to make peace.
Aʻoaʻo ana nâ kâhuna no ke kûpono o ka hui a hoʻomalu ma Nâonelaʻa nei.
Canoes were lined up around Kâneʻohe Bay from Nâonealaʻa all the way to Mokapu. Lots of warriors were here because, in case war broke out again, that they needed to have their armies with them.
Lalani ʻia nâ waʻa mai Naonealaʻa a i Mokapu. Lawe pû ʻia nâ papa koa i mâkaukau inâ i kupu hou mai ke kaua.
I loko nô o kekahi ʻano kânâlua, ua ʻâkoakoa aku nô.
Despite their doubts, they gathered.
The chiefs made peace and Peleioholani declared at the end of their meeting that all will be as it was before. No more fighting.
Ua kuʻikahi like nâ aliʻi a ua kûkala aku ʻo Peleioholani. Ua pau ke kaua ʻana.
He mau wahi nui o ke koʻikoʻi a waiwai o ka môʻaukala ko Hawaiʻi nei.
Our land has a very rich history.
We hope that by telling the story of Nâonealaʻa, more people will respect the importance of this historic place as a wahi pana.
Ma ka laha o ka moʻolelo o Nâonelaʻa e ulu ai nô paha ka hôʻihi no kçia wahi.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.