Legends of Wailua-Nui-A-Ho'ano
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Illustration Courtesy of Christine Fayé and the Kauai Historical SocietyNounou
Slingshot-battle, is the name given to nose of the Sleeping Giant, Puni, who lay down to rest after helping build Kukui heiau.
Illustration Courtesy of Christine Fayé and the Kauai Historical SocietyKa-hale-o-Kawelo
The-house-of-Kawelo, is the home of a shark that killed anyone daring enough to swim in the ocean at the river mouth.
Illustration Courtesy of Christine Fayé and the Kauai Historical SocietyKamokila
Needle, a fabulous lizard, lived in a cave and collected all the precious gems on the island.  Then he left Kaua'i taking all his jewels with him.
Illustration Courtesy of Christine Fayé and the Kauai Historical SocietyManu-'ena
Fiery-hot-bird, is a cave where the 'alae bird who had the secret of fire lived.  The demigod Maui forced it to give up its secret.
Wailua River Map
Map Illustration Courtesy of Christine Fayé and the Kauai Historical Society
Please forgive me the quality of this scan of the Wailua River Map.  It is shown here just to give you an idea of the locations of the legends shown in the art images above.

Wailua-nui-a-ho-'ano, Great-sacred-Wailua, was settled by voyagers from the Marquesas Islands.  Earlier settlers had built temples here.  The banks of the lower Wailua River has always been considered sacred grounds and was the home of the high chiefs of Kaua'i.  Wailua's legends reflect a thousand years of history.

Mahalo to the Kaua'i Historical Society for their generosity in allowing me to share this page with our visitors to Kaua'i.  Legends were researched by Frederick B. Wichman and beautiful illustrations are by Christine Fayé.

Kapaa Town History Walking TourThe full version of this very affordable Wailua Map & Legends Poster (11" X 16 3/4"), along with 11 additional illustrations and legends) is available through the Kaua'i Historical Society for a donation of just $2.00 + Priority Mail Shipping of $3.50.  You may send payments to them directly or email your order.  To learn more about the Kaua'i Historical Society, visit their website today.
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