Hawaiian Lore




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The Island of Maui can be geographically divided into several regions as the map goes:

• West Maui: With its abundant sunshine and plentiful water, West Maui was once a major Hawaiian population center and the favorite playground of royalty. The people grew sweet potato, taro, paper mulberry, ti, gourds, banana and coconut, and gathered lumber, firewood and cordage from the mountains. Today, West Maui includes the resort areas of Kapalua and Ka'anapali; visitor communities of Napili (NAH-pee-lee), Kahana (kah-HAH-nah) and Honokowai (hoh-noh-KOH-why); and historic Lahaina town ( Hawaii's Capital in the Past).

South Maui: South Maui is known for its coastal areas, with mile-after-mile of sandy white beaches, fringing reef and low-level wetlands. Sheltered on the leeward side of Mount Haleakala, this area is sunnier and drier than the rest of the island. South Maui was especially suitable for aquaculture, and remnants of ancient Hawaiian fishponds can still be seen today. Today, South Maui includes the coastal communities of Ma'alaea (MAH-ah-LAI-ah) and Kihei (KEE-hey), and resort communities Wailea (why-LEH-ah) and Makena (MAH-keh-nah).

• Central Maui: The sunny isthmus between Maui’s two volcanoes includes residential communities, sugar and pineapple plantations, county and state government offices, and various visitor attractions including `Iao Valley ( A Must See), the Maui Tropical Plantation, golf courses, museums, parks, nature center, shopping centers, an arts & cultural center, and special events.

• Upcountry: “Upcountry Maui” refers to the towns, ranches, vineyards, farmlands, and visitor attractions on the upper slopes of Haleakala, including the Haleakala National Park. Charming and rural, Upcountry Maui is the heart of the island’s agricultural industry as well as a thriving artists’ community and local shopping hot spot s well as the Winery.

• East Maui: This area of Maui ranges from Kahului Airport ( Which you arrive from) out to the community of Hana on the northeastern tip of the island, and is renown for great surfing, quaint towns, and lush rural scenery. Known as the windward side, it is largely undeveloped and much of the narrow road to Hana winds along the island’s beautiful northern coastline with Multiple waterfalls.


Hawaiian Language

The Hawaiian language has only 13 letters. Vowels are generally pronounced as follows as the saying goes:

A = ah, as in "saw",  E = ay, as in "say",  I = ee, as in "see",  O = oh, as in "so",  and U = oo, as in "soon"

Here are some Phrases and words you are probably going come across during your stay at our "Hideaway" on the Islands:

'aina                      Land                                                                                ali'i                    Royalty

aloha                    Love, Welcome, Goodbye                                          hana hou        Encore

heiau                    Ancient Hawaiian Temple                                           holoholo        TO Walk, Ride, Sail

hula                       Traditional Hawaiian Dance                                       Kama'aina    Native Born Hawaiian or Longtime Resident

kane                    Man                                                                                    Keiki                Child

kokua                  Help, Cooperation                                                         lanai                 Balcony, Porch

lei                         Garland of Flowers, Nuts or Shells                           lu'au                 Traditional Hawaiian Feast

mahalo               Thank You                                                                       makai                Toward the Ocean

mauka                Toward the Mountains                                                  'ohana            Family

'ono                    Delicious                                                                           paniolo            Hawaiian Cowboy

pau                     Finished or Done or Complete                                    poke                 Marinated pieces of Raw Fish

pupu                   Appetizer                                                                           wahine            Woman

wikiwiki               Quick

And there you go your introductory lesson into the language of the Hawaiians. Come test yourself at our "Hideaway"





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