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This section serves as a starting point for your research into the history and traditions of the Puʻuloa area. Leeward Community College's flagship campus is located in the Ahupuaʻa of Waiawa and while this section focuses heavily on those stories specific to Waiawa, you will also find many resources that cover the greater area of Ke Awalau o Puʻuloa and the Moku of ʻEwa.
The ‘Ewa Aina Inventory is the shared work of Kamehameha Schools Community Engagement & Resources - ‘Ewa Region & Nohopapa Hawaii – to map culturally significant sites, to outline community stewardship efforts tied to these natural and cultural resources, and build an accessible collection of the moolelo (stories) that lives in these places. This work provides deeper foundations for connecting communities and aina cultivators with the stories and land that guides their perspectives and approaches to education, well-being, and aina stewardship
This study incorporates a wide range of historical literature describing the larger Honouliuli Ahupua‘a, that has been gathered over the last 20 years by Maly and Maly. The narratives include primary Hawaiian language documents and the accounts penned by early residents (often witnesses in or participants to some of the histories being described) pertaining to the ahupua‘a of Honouliuli. The accounts also include references to relationship of Honouliuli to
the neighboring ahupua‘a, ocean and water resources, and people in the larger ‘Ewa region. The scope of this study is broad, as it seeks to provide readers with detailed and factual accounts pertaining to the history of Honouliuli, from mountain tops to the fisheries which form a major boundary of the land.
A digital collection of materials in both Hawaiian and English about the history, traditions, and culture of Honouliuli (commonly known as Kapolei). This collection was put together as a result of a collaboration between the University of West Oʻahu (UHWO) and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) and is hosted on the UHWO digital repository space.
The Hawaiians of old were surrounded by storied places in the ahupua‘a of Honouliuli. They believed that the natural environment was alive with gods and that when one spoke the name of a place one was recounting the relationship of the gods and mankind.
ʻEwa in History
[not currently available] `Ewa in History: A Guide to the Resources represents an attempt to identify and locate historical resources pertaining to the `Ewa region of the island of O`ahu that are available to the public in repositories or sites within the state.
He wahi puke nō kēia e kākau ʻia e kahi wahine mānaleo kūpaʻa mau i ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻ, ʻo ia hoʻi ʻo Sarah Keliʻilolena Nākoa. He kupa ua wahine lā o ka ʻāina nani lua ʻole ʻo ʻEwa. He puke nō kēia e haʻi ana i nā moʻolelo hoʻokaulana i ia wahi ʻo ʻEwa. Ua paʻi mua ʻia kēīa puke i ka makahiki 1979, a paʻi hou ʻia akula i ka makahiki 1993. He puke ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi wale nō kēia. ʻAʻole i unuhi ʻia ma ka ʻōlelo Pelekane. ʻO kekahi o nā moʻolelo i kākau ʻia i loko o nei puke, ʻo ia nō ʻo Ke Kiʻowai ʻo Honokawailani, Nā Pāpaʻi o nā ʻEwa, a ʻo Kaluaʻoʻopu.
Lei Momi o ʻEwa, written by a beloved mānaleo and Hawaiian language teacher, Sarah Nākoa, tells the famous stories of the ʻEwa area. This book was first published in 1979, and published again in 1993. Lei Momi o ʻEwa is written only in Hawaiian with no English translation. Some stories in this book are Ke Kiʻowai ʻo Honokawailani, Nā Pāpaʻi o nā ʻEwa, and Kaluaʻoʻopu.
When a kaikamahine gets lured into the mysterious Honokawailani pond, her worried parents search for her only to discover the secret of the pond that won't allow the girl to return back home. This legend of Waiau, on the 'Ewa district of O'ahu, is recalled by the students of Ke Kula Kaiapuni 'o Waiau through the mo'olelo of beloved Kupuna Sarah Keli'ilolena Lum Chee Konia Nākoa.
Hawaiian language interview between Larry Kimura and Sarah Nakoa, a native of ʻEwa, specifically Waiau and Waimalu. Mrs. Nakoa talks extensively in this interview about the place names of the ʻEwa region as well as the pūpū (oysters) of the ʻEwa area.
ʻEwa is a moku on the island of Oʻahu, located in the south central portion of the island. This moku is perhaps most well-known for, and centered around, "ke awa lau o Puʻuloa," also referred to as "Pearl Harbor" today, once intensively cultivated with loʻi kalo (kalo patches) and loko iʻa (fish ponds). According to the Buke Māhele of 1848, there are fourteen ahupuaʻa in the moku of ʻEwa. However, we have included a fifteenth ahupuaʻa on this page, Mānana Nui, because it is listed in the Index of Land Commission Awards as such.
Map resources for Honouliuli include aerial images, a plantation map, U. S. Coast and Geodetic surveys, Hawai‘i Territory surveys, Hawaiian Government surveys, Land Court surveys, military maps, a tax map, and U. S. Geological Survey quadrangle maps.
"Map of the lower lands of the Ahupuaas of Waiawa, Manana, and a part of Waimano in Ewa, Oahu surveyed and drawn by S.E. Bishop For the Estate of Mrs. B. P. Bishop 1887"
This section contains the website and contact information for a number of organizations that are dedicated to the ʻEwa community through conservation, restoration, and education. These are some organizations that you might consider collaborating with within the scope of your work here at Leeward. Some examples include research assignments, service trips, or program partnerships. Remember: Leeward CC is a part of the ʻEwa community too! As you reach out to these groups, consider ways that you are not only utilizing their resources but also supporting their goals through service, funding, or other reciprocal means of collaboration.
E ola loa ka moku ʻo ʻEwa!
Healthy kalo growing in the many lo‘i at Kuhiawaho (photo credit: Nohopapa Hawaiʻi). Printed in Hālau Puʻuloa
Kuhiawaho is an ʻili ʻāina within the ahupuaʻa of Waiawa. Sitting on the coast of the waters of Puʻuloa, it is guarded by the great shark goddess, Kaʻahupahau. Since 2010, the ʻohana Kaʻōpua-Fitzgerald have been here on behalf of Kamehameha Schools, striving to provide Kanaka ʻŌiwi leadership opportunities and instill kanaka identity through ʻāina based stewardship.
Hanakēhau Learning Farm is named for the historic place name of our ‘ili ‘āina. Hanakēhau is located within the moku of ‘Ewa and the ahupua’a of Waiawa, situated between the adjacent ahupua’a of Waipi’o and Manana. The community of Waiawa ma kai includes Kuhialoko and Kuhiawaho, two land stewards committed and dedicated to restoring the waiwai of this historically abundant land area.
Mālama Pu`uloa is the primary program of Hui o Ho`ohonua (HOH808). We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working on O`ahu to restore Pearl Harbor. We engage our community by hosting workdays, educating local youth through `āina based programs, and creating a lei of partnerships to support the restoration of Pu`uloa.
The Hoakalei Cultural Foundation was established in 2006 to ensure good stewardship of the land and heritage of the ‘Ewa Plain. Its vision is to enable future generations to understand, value and respect the spirit, natural resources and heritage of the ‘Ewa Plain and most importantly, to use it to guide their lives.
The ʻAiea Community Association (ACA) is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to serving the ʻAiea community. This association is also involved in the restoration of Loko Paaʻiau at Mcgrew Point.
The Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation’s mission for the Heritage Park is the stewardship and preservation of these Native Hawaiian cultural sites and the cultural landscape of Kalaeloa, to educate the community on cultural traditions and practices, advocate cultural awareness, implement and maintain an authentic Hawaiian presence in the Kalaeloa area.