Hāʻena is a land steeped in antiquity yet vibrantly beautiful today as any Hollywood fantasy of a tropical paradise. He ʻāina momona, a rich and fertile land linked to the sea and the rising and setting sun, is a place of gods and goddesses: Pele and her sister, Hiʻiaka, and Laka, patron of hula. It epitomizes the best that can be found in the district of northwestern Kauaʻi, known to aboriginal Hawaiians as Hale Leʻa (House of Pleasure and Delight). This work is an ambitious attempt to provide a unique perspective in the complex story of the ʻahupuaʻa of Hāʻena.
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