Saturday, December 13, 2008


"Beautiful is (Mt) Konahuanui towering above Nuʻuanu Valley, a gourd holding dew, the mountain often has a mantle of cloud" (Native Planters of Old Hawaii" pp. 222).

So it did at the very peak of the mountain when I took the top picture a couple of days ago from Maunawili Valley. A couple hours later though, the peak had cleared (bottom picture).

Mount Konahuanui is the upper most elevation of nā ahupua'a of Kailua & Nuʻuanu. It is the highest peak in the Koʻolau mountains and the second highest peak on Oahu after Mount Kaʻala in the Waiʻanae mountains.

There is a famous legend about a moʻo that lived in a pool on Konahuanui peak. A hairless dog had been killed and was being taken to the kona side of the island through the Nuʻuanu Pali as a tribute to the aliʻi nui and to be eaten.

At the foot of the Pali in the hala groves of Kekele, the moʻo of Konahuanui called out Pehea lā, ke kaʻahele nei ʻoe? ("So, you are travelling?"). The killed and dismembered dog in the ʻumeke (calabash) called out ʻAe (yes). The carriers were so terrified that they dropped the calabash and fled. The hairless dog emerged alive from the laulau in the calabash and trotted up Mt. Konahuanui to meet the moʻo.

Consequently, no hairless dogs were ever eaten again (Native Planters of Old Hawaii" pp. 247-248).

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