12 Apr

My ancestor 3xgreatgrandfather Kanohokai was a Mahiʻai who tended a loʻi at Kapena near Judd. I recently found his marriage record to Momona 3xgreatgrandmother and it listed their residence as Waikahalulu. Because of the proximity to his work, I assumed it was in the wailele area in Queen Liliʻuokalani Botanical Gardens near Nuʻuanu Stream. But now learning of these other traditional place names it makes me wonder because Momona’s known occupation was as a lei seller at the Honolulu Harbor. Their marriage is listed as September 21, 1866 and residence as Honolulu Wai ka Halulu.

Sig Zane is releasing a new design in a Kapoʻi Hoodie style called “Waikahalulu” Waikahalulu by Sig Zane from his Honolulu based location “Sig on Smith” this Friday, April 13 based on 1850s street maps of what is now modern day downtown Honolulu. His design honors the traditional name of the area between Fort and Richards where there was once a reef that was backfilled in the 1850s. According to Zane, it means “the roaring waters.”

A visit to the tranquil Nu’uanu Stream park off School Street near Waikahalulu Lane will lend a peaceful and oft times trickling stream or two over a ten foot cascade, but this vintage photo depicts the low but wide waterfall in more of a roar befitting its name.

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