joyful water

Waiʻoli is an ahupuaʻa in the Haleleʻa moku on the island of Kauaʻi. Hanalei bay is a large, crescent shaped bay fronting the Hanalei, Waiʻoli, Waipā, and Waikoko ahupuaʻa. From the bay, you can see the beautiful waterfalls flowing down from Nāmolokama. Those are the waters that form the Waʻioli stream, which flows through the valley, and meets the ocean at the west end of the bay. Kaliko is an eastern peak on Nāmolokama that marks the boundary between the Waiʻoli and Hanalei ahupuaʻa. When there are heavy rains, it's said that as many as 23 different waterfalls flow down the face of Nāmolokama. That boundary line extends to Hīhīmanu then down towards the ocean. To the west, Māmalahoa, most likely named after one of Kāne's wives, marks the boundary between Waiʻoli and Waipā.


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Ahupuaʻa: land division usually extending from the uplands to the sea, so called because the boundary was marked by a heap (ahu) of stones surmounted by an image of a pig (puaʻa), or because a pig or other tribute was laid on the altar as tax to the chief
Haleleʻa: joyful house

Hanalei: lei making, lei valley, crescent bay
Hīhīmanu: sting ray, eagle ray, lavish, magnificent, elegant
Kaliko: the leaf bud, child/descendant especially of a chief, shining, glistening, as with dew

Māmalahoa: splintered companion; wife of highest ancient Hawaiian god, Kāne 
Moku: district, island, islet, section (in this case, moku means district)
Nāmolokama: the interweaving bound fast

Waikoko: bloody water
Waiʻoli: joyful water
Waipā: dammed up water

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Aerial View of Waiʻoli. Digital Image. https://live.staticflickr.com/3680/9085685363_3e960c924c_b.jpg.

Elbert, Samuel H., and Mary Kawena Pūkui. Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English ; English-Hawaiian. Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1999.

Map of Waiʻoli. Digital Image. http://www.islandbreath.org/hawaiinei/M7Kauai/M7KauaiRasterFile.png.

McAllister, Gilbert T. “Site 339.” Archaeology of Oahu, Bishop Museum, 1933, pp. 177.

Nāmolokama. Digital Image. https://foodgps.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Kauai-Mountains.jpg.

Pukuʻi, Mary Kawena. ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings. Bishop Museum Press, 1983. #2860.

Soehren, Lloyd J. “Hawaiian Place Names.” ULUKAU: The Hawaiian Electronic Library, 2002, ulukau.org/cgi-bin/hpn?l=en.