History & Culture

ko'olau gap
Ko`olau Gap

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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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Haleakalā National Park
PO Box 369

Makawao, HI 96768


(808) 572-4400
For general park information, please call us at (808) 572-4400. -Summit Area -Crater Area -Hiking Trails -Camping -Back country travel -Cabin reservations Our recorded message is available 24-hours a day and will likely contain an answer to your question. To speak to a park representative, call the same number and press 0 during our office hours of 8:00 am - 3:45 pm HST. Kipahulu (Coastal Area) Please call 248-7375 during our office hours of 9am-5pm HST.

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