History & Culture

Koolau gap
Ko`olau Gap

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-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.


Last updated: November 1, 2020

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