the past And present of kawainui
He Kaʻao no Hauwahine lāua ʻo Meheanu
(A tale of Hauwahine and Meheanu)
In the pool
Kawainui lived in the cave
lightweight woman Hauwahine.
He is the guardian of this place
in Kailua, O'ahu.
Haughty was a mottled gray
lizard living in Kailua, O'ahu.
She was the guardian of
the Kawainui Pond.
He is a companion
the white white. Of Meheanu
the guard of the He'eia fishpond.
Her companion was long, white
puhi named Meheanu. Meheanu was
the guardian of He'eia fishpond.
At the end of the visit
Melanie to Hauwahine.
One day, they also had salt
the fish-you are the fish,
You are the king, and you are the dog.
Meheanu often visited Hau
at Kawainui. One sunny day they
shared some fish: manna, me,
He ate very well
of the guard. They dropped on
Rocky stones are rocky stones
The two guardians ate until
they were full. Then the guard
rested on the large rocks at
The Stone of Hau
bask in the warmth of the day.
Take me away
This place is here
a fisherman is preparing
for throwing out his crop.
His name is Kanakapī.
On the top of them, they saw a
fisherman preparing to throw.
continued story in English and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi can be found here:
The Kawainui-HAmAkua Complex Master Plan
Taking into consideration of the residents' wishes and concerns for the future of the Kawainui Marsh, the Kawainui-Hamakua Complex Master Plan was created by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and Division of State Parks (DSP) as a call for community action for appropriate land use. (Helber Hastert & Fee 2). Despite this plan being made with good intentions, many Kailua residents disagree with some of the ideas the plan proposes. For example, one resident says, “The only way to preserve the marsh for its historic and cultural worth is to NOT build anything there, but rather to protect and maintain the existing marsh properly” (Hofschneider, 1). Today, the lush, 986-acre marsh is full of invasive plants and is polluted by runoff from trash dumped along the side of nearby Kapaa Quarry Road. The Kailua Neighborhood Board and environmental organizations have argued that any buildings or pathways will despoil the marsh and open the door to flocks of tourists. More than 2,000 people signed a petition urging the state to discard the plan. Still, the wetland is a valuable part of the ecosystem, helping to control flooding and serving as home to four species of endangered birds.
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