NOUNOU

NOUNOU

to throw, pelt, cast

There are several legends of the sleeping giant of Wailua, but according to this ancient legend, there was a giant named Puni. One evening, while the giant was sleeping, war canoes from Oʻahu were approaching Kauaʻi shores. Puni's friends, the menehune, did their best to wake him but nothing seemed to work. Getting desperate, they began throwing huge rocks at Puni's belly in an attempt to wake him. These rocks bounced off and landed near the Oʻahu fleet. Startled, the war fleet turned and sailed back home to Oʻahu. The next morning the mehehune went to try and wake Puni again, but still he wouldn't budge. Puni was dead. Several rocks the menehune had thrown the night before had fallen into his mouth as he was snoring, choking him to death. Nounou, also know as "Sleeping Giant", is a mountain range to the north of the Wailua river, between Kaipuhaʻa and the ocean.

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Menehune: legendary race of small people who worked at night, building fish ponds, roads, temples; 

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Nounou. Digital Image. https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/sleeping-giant-kauai-nounou-mountains.jpg

“Wailua.” Kauaʻi: Ancient Place-Names and Their Stories, by Frederick B. Wichman, University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2006, pp. 75–76.