• A view of the cinder desert

    Haleakalā

    National Park Hawai'i

History & Culture

ko'olau gap
Ko`olau Gap
NPS Photo
 

Hanau ka po

Hanau Kumulipo i ka po, he kane

Hanau Po'ele i ka po, he wahine…

O kane ia Wai'ololi, o ka wahine ia Wai'olola

Hanau ka Manauea noho i kai

Kia'i ia e ke Kalo-manauea noho i uka…

O kalina a ka wai i ho'oulu ai

O ka huli ho'okawowo honua

O paia ['a] i ke auau ka manawa

O he'e au loloa ka po

O piha, o pihapiha…

"The night gave birth

Born was Kumulipo in the night, a male

Born was Po'ele in the night, a female…

Man for the narrow stream, woman for the broad stream

Born was the Manauea moss living in the sea

Guarded by the Manauea taro plant living on land…

Water that causes the withered vine to flourish

Causes the plant top to develop freely

Multiplying in the passing time

The long night slips along

Fruitful, very fruitful…"

-From the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian Creation Chant, translation by Martha Beckwith, 1951

Of the cultural resources we have inherited from the past, it is the knowledge, traditions, songs and stories shared by people of today that give life to the Haleakalā landscape. Native Hawaiians have lived on and malama (cared for) the land for over 1000 years. Important cultural places and sites are found within the Summit and Kīpahulu areas of Haleakalā National Park and are spoken of in numerous Hawaiian mele (songs/ chants) and legends.

For more information about the unique cultural resources of Haleakalā National Park please select from the menu on the left of the page.

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