BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mauna Kea is famous for its snowy slopes and spectacular stargazing. But what of its sacred lake, Waiʻau? Here's Amy Kalili with that story.
Aloha kâkou. Eia mai ko kâkou hoa maikaʻi ʻo Hiapo Perreira me kona ʻike no ka loko laʻa o Waiʻau.
Here's our friend Hiapo Perreira to tell us about Lake Waiʻau.
He loko liʻiliʻi nô akâ he nui kona koʻikoʻi i ka ʻaoʻao pili ʻuhane o ka Hawaiʻi.
It is a small lake but significant for Hawaiians, especially spiritually.
He wahi kçlâ no ka hoʻihoʻi ʻana i ka piko i ka ʻâina no kekahi mau moʻokûʻauhau ʻohana.
Families with a close relationship to Maunakea would leave the umbilical cords of their keiki here.
He liʻiliʻi nô paha akâ, ma muli o kona waiwai a koʻikoʻi, ua paʻa kçia ʻôlelo penei.
It is a small lake but because of its significance, there exists this saying:
Inâ ʻaʻole pulu ke kino i loko o ka wai o Waiʻau, ʻaʻole i ʻike iâ Mauna Kea.
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If you haven't been drenched by the waters of Waiʻau, you haven't really seen Mauna Kea.
Pono e hôʻea ke kino i kekahi wahi ponoʻî e ʻôlelo ai ua hôʻea aku wau i kçlâ wahi. ʻO Waiʻau kekahi.
There are some smaller spots within larger sites that you have to physically reach to be able to say you were there.
Ua ola kçia ʻike no ka pono e pulu i ka wai o ka Waiʻau a hiki loa i ka wâ o ke aloaliʻi, e laʻa hoʻi me ko Emma huakaʻi hele ʻana i Hawaiʻi mokupuni.
This tradition of actually touching the waters of the lake was perpetuated well into the days of the monarchy, when Queen Emma visited Hawaiʻi Island.
I kona wâ kaʻapuni ana i ka mokupuni a paipai pâloka, ka ʻimi ʻana i ka noho aliʻi.
Noʻonoʻo ka poʻe ua piʻi paha ke aliʻi wahine? Ua komo i loko ka wai? Ua ʻau ʻo ia? ʻAe, akâ ʻaʻole kâkou poina he aliʻiwahine ʻo ia.
She toured the island during her election campaign.
People wondered, did she really ascend the mountain? Did she get in the water? Did she swim? Well yes, but let's not forget, she was a queen.
A ma muli o kçlâ, ʻaʻole ʻo ia wale nô kai ʻau i ka wai, ua kau ʻo ia ma luna o kahi lawelawe.
As Queen, she did not swim by herself. She latched on to the back of one of her servants.
ʻO ia ka mea ʻau, ʻo ke aliʻi ka mea hoʻolaʻi. ʻAu nô a puni kçia wai a ka puka ʻana mai ua ʻike ʻo ia iâ Waiau. Ua kû ʻo ia ma aneʻi nei.
The servant swam and the queen floated on the surface. They circled the lake and by the time they left, they had definitely "seen" Waiʻau.
ʻOiai ʻaʻole paha nui ka poʻe ʻau ma kçia wahi anuanu loa, nui nâ Hawaiʻi e kaʻi ana ma i ke alanui a i Waiʻau no ka ʻike maoli aku nô iâ Mauna Kea.
Although not much swimming is done in this frigid climate, many modern-day Hawaiians make the hike from the road to Lake Waiʻau to really "see" Mauna Kea.
Ka hoʻi hou ʻana i kçlâ ʻaoʻao kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi, ʻo ka ʻike kino he mea nui.
Hiki ke piʻi i uka o Mauna Kea kû nô ma hapalua, ʻaʻole ʻoe ʻike iâ Mauna Kea. Pono ana e piʻi loa i uka laila a komo aku nô, a ua ʻike.
The Hawaiian way of thinking is that you must physically experience a place. You can spend half a day atop Mauna Kea and not really "see" it. You have to go, get into, and then you've "seen" it.
E laha mau nâ moʻolelo waiwai o nâ wahi pana o Hawaiʻi nei. Aloha.
May the stories of our special places live on.