Friday, January 2, 2009

The Holoʻuha Wind

The Holoʻuha wind is a wind that chills the back of the legs when fishing in Maunalua Bay in the area of Kuliʻouʻou, Niu & Wailupe. Holoʻuha is specifically the wind of Kekaha which is an old place name for Wailupe and the general area from Kupikipikiʻo to Kawaihoa.

In the "Moʻolelo of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele", the Holoʻuha wind is mentioned in and associated with a fateful incantation that Hiʻiaka cast upon a couple of fishing women that she encountered in Kuliʻouʻou who would not share a portion of their catch with her. Consequently, these fisher women died because of their selfishness.

Next time you feel a cold wind against your bare legs in the waters off Kuliʻouʻou, it may be the Holoʻuha wind.

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