Kawaiʻulaokalā - Kāne (2021 Hula Kahiko)

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 10:05 PM HST
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Kaʻauhelumoa, the supernatural rooster from Kaʻau Crater in Pālolo is memorialized in this mele inoa. When challenging the Oʻahu chief Kākuhihewa in Waikīkī, this rooster furiously scratches the earth and then disappears. At that very spot of sandy soil, the chief plants niu which would multiply into an ulu niu (coconut grove) of over 10,000 trees and the land would acquire the name “Helumoa” meaning “chicken scratch.”