March 22nd 2003
Just past Southpoint
take a left for the sea
drive 7 miles straight down
and you will find this fabulous
ancient Hawaiian area
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MANUKA BAY
Pe'epe'e Falls
Wailuku River, Hilo, Hawaii





William D. Westervelt, in his 1916
book "Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes",
recounted a story about the origin of the two hills called "Na Pu`u a Pele,"
located on the Ka`u coast, a mile
west of where the "road to the sea"
reaches the ocean southwest of
Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.




These prominent hills are "littoral cones"
formed in pre-European times by
explosions as a major lava
flow entered the sea.
In Westervelt's account, these pu`u
represent the bodies of two
ancient chiefs of Kahuku,
who were overwhelmed by a
lava flow long ago.




The chiefs
had fallen in love with a beautiful
maiden who visited their villages,
but they had become suspicious
that the maiden was actually Pele
because of her temper.


When
they decided to spurn Pele,
she turned into a wrathful old
woman whose "hair floated out
in tangled masses, whose limbs
shown as if enwrapped with fire,
and whose eyes blazed
forth like lightning."






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