Monday, December 1, 2008

Ahupuaʻa o Kahaluʻu

Kahaluʻu stream is fed by Ahuimanu, Waiola & Kalohaka streams further inland. Due to the topography of Kahaluʻu, the loʻi of this ahupuaʻa were not continuous, but were tucked away in pockets that were fed by these streams. Wet land and dry land type taro were grown in this area.

The seaward low elevation flat lands of the ahupuaʻa of Kahaluʻu and the two adjacent ahupuaʻa of Waiheʻe & Kaʻalaea to the northeast made up one of the largest wet land taro growing areas along the Koʻolau (windward) coast of Oahu (Native Planters of Old Hawaiʻi - p. 454).

Ahuimanu stream is shown in the top picture. I took this picture about 100 yards upstream (ma uka) from where Ahuimanu steam is joined by Waiola stream.

The other two pictures show a nice stand of ʻOhe (bamboo) which was growing on an embankment above the stream. ʻOhe in traditional Hawaiʻi was used for many things including being made into musical pipes, rattles, fire blowing tubes, water containers & stamps for marking tapa.

The water of this stream on this day was crystal clear and the plants growing on the edges of the stream were indeed uluwehiwehi loa.

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