Fish ponds and other places of fresh water are associated with guardian beings (kia‘i)
known as mo‘o. The
mo‘o associated with He‘eia fish pond is named Meheanu.
Mā‘eli‘eli & Mo‘o
Mā‘eli‘eli is the name of another mo‘o, as well as a hill on the border between He‘eia and Kahalu‘u. We learn more about this being, as well as the nature of mo‘o in general and their role in the environment.
This story tells of rats from the district of ‘Ewa coming over the mountains to steal ‘awa, and how the rats of He‘eia defeated them. But it tells us much more than that.
Three siblings, also from ‘Ewa, arrive in He‘eia and take up residence in different locations. This story of the importance of sharing illuminates the functioning of an ahupua‘a.
Ahu a Laka
A large formation out on the barrier reef is associated with tales of one of the voyaging chiefs. But it is also associated with the goddess of the hula.
Terms relating to stories and storytelling, morality, and supernatural beings.