Ancient Keepers of Wisdom
The mighty God Kanaloa, still swims in the expansive depths of the Pacific Ocean as the majestic Koholā or whale. To this day, the wondrous Koholā and the Nai’a or dolphins are found serenely gliding through the waters off the islands of Hawaii. They form an intrinsic part of the ocean and all of Polynesia. The Hawaiian Islands are sprinkled with tell-tale signs of whales. Petroglyphs depicting whales are to be found on “Whale Hill” in Läna`i, in Pöhue, Hawai`i and Maui.
Kukuipalaoa or “whale bone lamp”, Kahalepalaoa or “whale house”, Mökoholä or “cut whale”, Kapalaoa or “the whale”, Koholälele or “leaping whale”, Lae o Nä Koholä or “Cape of whales” are places still teeming with fascinating legends. Kaipalaoa (“whale sea”) is where King Kamehameha I is said to have visited frequently, while a heiau (temple) with the same name was also constructed. It is said King Kamehameha was called Pai’ea and was sometimes astride a whale during his travels.