Hawai‘i Place Names
Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
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In 1966 the University of Hawai‘i Press published the first edition of Place Names of Hawai‘i. Written by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert, it contained 1,125 entries, all of which were place names in the Hawaiian language. In 1974 the press published the second edition by Pukui, Elbert, and Esther T. Mo‘okini. It ...
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From 1972 to 2001, I interviewed over nine hundred people as I gathered information about Hawai‘i’s shores, beaches, and surf sites. All of them graciously shared the stories of their places with me and made this book possible. Everyone whose name I was able to record is listed below, a small token of my appreciation. ...
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AA Buoy. Fish aggregating device, Port Allen, Kaua‘i. Buoy anchored at approximately 960 fathoms. Landmarks: Kokole Point, Hanapēpē Buoy Light, and Makahū‘ena Point Light. ‘A‘alaloloa. Sea cliffs, Pāpalaua, Maui. The cliffs are named in the September 5, 1863, edition of the Hawaiian language newspaper ...
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Baboon Point. Sea cliff, Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu. The outline of the sea cliff at Pai‘olu‘olu Point on the west side of Hanauma Bay resembles the face of a baboon from the lookout above the beach, especially the pointed nose. It is also known as Baboon Face and Baboon Nose. ...
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Cabins. Surf site, Kalaeloa, O‘ahu. Off the officers’ cabins at the west end of White Plains Beach. Cable Channel. Dive site, Hanauma Bay, O‘ahu. Channel cut through the reef to house a submarine communications cable for Hawaiian Telephone. ...
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Dairymens. Surf site, Kawailoa, O‘ahu. In 1897, several dairy farms on O‘ahu formed Dairymen’s Association, Ltd., a cooperative to sell their milk. In 1957, the dairy farm moved from east Honolulu to Kawailoa on the North Shore, where it was located across Kamehameha Highway from Kawailoa Beach. ...
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Eagle’s Rock Point. Surf site, Pâpalaua, Maui. Off the small parking lot at the west end of Pâpalaua State Wayside Park. The silhouette of a rock formation on the mountain inland of the site resembles an eagle. Earl’s Reef. Surf site, Sunset Beach, O‘ahu. Nearshore site on the ...
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Fagans Beach. Pōhaku Pili, Moloka‘i. Small calcareous sand pocket beach at the head of a small bay. A narrow, sand-bottomed channel runs through the bay and terminates at the beach. Paul Fagan, a wealthy businessman from California, purchased Hālawa Valley and Pu‘u o Hoku Ranch during the ...
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Garden Eel Cove. Dive site, Keāhole, Hawai‘i. In Ho‘ona Bay, a small bay on the north side of Keâhole Point that is known for its garden eels and manta rays. Also known as Ho‘ona. Gas Chambers. 1. Surf site, Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu. At the west end of Sandy Beach. 2. Surf site, Sunset Beach, O‘ahu. On the west ...
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Ha‘aheo o Hawai‘i. Shipwreck, Hanalei, Kaua‘i. The Ha‘aheo o Hawai‘i was the Hawaiian monarchy’s first royal yacht, an 83-foot vessel purchased in 1820 for $90,000 by King Kamehameha II. She went aground and sank on Wai‘oli Reef at the hands of an irresponsible crew. The ship was located in 1995 ...
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I Buoy. Fish aggregating device, Hālona, Kaho‘olawe. Buoy anchored at approximately 500 fathoms. Landmarks: Kākā Point, Waikahalulu Bay Light, Molokini. Icebox. 1. Dive site, Po‘ipû, Kaua‘i. 2. Dive site, springs, Pā‘ia, Maui. On the north side of Pā‘ia Bay. Although electric refrigerators have been in Hawai‘i for many years, the term icebox ...
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Jackie’s Mountain. Dive site, Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu. Off Palea Point at Hanauma Bay. A rock shaped like a mountain that begins at 90 feet and rises to 15 feet below the surface. It was named for Jackie James, who opened Aloha Dive Shop in Hawai‘i Kai in 1970. Born in Georgia, James came to Hawai‘i in 1968 when ...
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Ka‘â. Fishpond, Keōmuku, Lāna‘i. One of two precontact fishponds on the shore of the former Keōmuku village. Lit., the [a‘ā] lava, or the fiery burning one. Ka‘a‘awa. 1. Beach park (2 acres), Ka‘a‘awa, O‘ahu. Julie Judd Swanzy donated the land for the park in 1921. 2. Point, Ka‘a- ‘awa, O‘ahu. Point adjoining the west end of Swanzy Beach ...
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La‘aloa Bay. Beach park, North Kona, Hawai‘i. Large pocket of calcareous sand between two rocky points on Ali‘i Drive. The shorebreak on the beach is the most popular bodysurfing and bodyboarding site in Kona. A board surf site is off the south point of the beach. Also known as Disappearing Sands, Magic ...
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Mā‘alaea. 1. Bay, beach, Mā‘alaea, Maui. Mā‘alaea Bay is an important part of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Although humpbacks are seen throughout the islands, they concentrate in the waters between the four islands of Maui County, where they calve, ...
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Naha. Beach, fishpond, surf site, Naha, Lāna‘i. Narrow detrital sand beach at the end of Keòmuku Road. The beach is the site of a former fishing village, one of the four fishponds on Lāna‘i, and the seaward end of the Naha Trail, a trail that connects Pālāwai Basin to the ocean. The surf site is off the beach. Lit., ...
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O‘ahu. O‘ahu is the third largest (597.1 square miles) of the eight major Hawaiian islands. It has a population of 876,156 (U.S. Census figures for 2000 indicate that O‘ahu’s population makes up 72.3 percent of the state’s total of 1,211,537 residents). ...
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Pa‘akea. Fishpond, Pearl Harbor, O‘ahu. Lit., coral bed, limestone. Pa‘akō. Coastal area, Mâkena, Maui. Where Miller of Miller’s Hill made his home. Lit., dry lowland plain. Pa‘alaea. Island (.16 acres, 40 feet high), North Kohala, Hawai‘i. ...
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Q Buoy. Fish aggregating device, Pa‘uwela Point, Maui. Buoy anchored at approximately 382 fathoms. Landmarks: Nākālele Point Light, Kahului Harbor Light, Pa‘uwela Point Light, Nānu‘alele Point Light. QQ Buoy. Fish aggregating device, Maku‘u, Hawai‘i. Buoy anchored ...
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Rabbit Island. 1. Island, Waimānalo, O‘ahu. In the 1880s John Cummins, the first owner of Waimānalo Plantation, decided to raise rabbits. He released them on Mānana Island, where a colony survived for approximately 100 years. The last of the rabbits were trapped and removed when the state determined ...
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Sacred Spots. Surf site, Hau‘ula, O‘ahu. Deepwater, second-reef site off Sacred Falls State Park. The waterfall in the park is called Sacred Falls because of its association with Kamapua‘a, the demigod who could assume the shape of a man or pig. The surf site was named after the falls. ...
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Ta‘ape Ridge. Dive site, south coast, Lāna‘i. East of Kaunolū. Schools of blue-lined snappers, or ta’ape, are common here. Ta‘ape are from the Marquesas and were first introduced to Hawaiian waters in 1958 and again in 1961. They are now well established throughout Hawai‘i and often school in great ...
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‘Ualapu‘e. Fishpond, Kamalō, Moloka‘i. Lit., hilled sweet potatoes. Uaoa. Bay, fishing site, landing, Kaupakalua, Maui. Noted site for surround-netting akule. A former canoe landing was in a cove on the shore of the bay. Also known as Keone. Lit., light rain, mist. ...
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Val’s Reef. Surf site, Sunset Beach, O‘ahu. Pioneer surfing photographer Val Valentine lived directly inshore of Sunset, the world-famous surf site. Val’s Reef is the shallow reef that forms the inside lineup of the break. Vancouver Monument. Memorial, Kīhei, Maui. Stone monument designed and erected by J. Gordon Gibson, the original ...
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Wa‘aiki. Bay, beach, northwest shore, Kaho‘olawe. The bay lies within the ‘ili, or land division, of Wa‘aiki. A detrital sand beach lines the shore of the bay. Lit., small canoe. Wahiawa. Anchorage, bay, beach, snorkeling site, Kalāheo, Kaua‘i. Calcareous sand beach at the head of a large sand-bottomed ...
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X Buoy. Fish aggregating device, Kahuku, O‘ahu. Buoy anchored at approximately 945 fathoms. Landmarks: Ka‘ena Point, Hale- ‘iwa Channel Buoy Light, Lâ‘ie Point. XX Buoy. Fish aggregating device, Puakō, Hawai‘i. Buoy anchored at approximately 345 fathoms. Landmarks: M&$257;hukona Light, ...
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Yabui Beach. ‘Alaeloa, Maui. The Yabui family owned the property bordering the beach before the Kahana Sunset condominium was built on it. Also known as Keonenui Beach. Yadao Pavilion. North Hilo, Hawai‘i. Picnic pavilion in Kolekole Beach Park that was named for former County Supervisor ...
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Zablan Beach. Nânâkuli, O‘ahu. Section of Nānākuli Beach Park. Named for Benjamin Zablan, district magistrate of the Wai- ‘anae District from 1916 to 1920 and one of the original Hawaiian homesteaders in Nānākuli. He built his home on the beach next to Nānākuli Stream in 1916 and then relocated to ...
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Publication Year: 2002