Hawaiian Legends - Menehune
One of the most captivating aspects of Hawaii’s is the legendary tales, stories, and long held beliefs that have been passed down throughout the years. Since the days of Ancient Hawaii, Hawaiian legends have been a part of its history, and the stories that have been passed down throughout the ages are as important as the beautiful beaches or the volcanic eruptions that started millions of years ago and continue today.
The legends that are passed down throughout the years include the legend of the menehune, the original inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands, and some of the most helpful figures around. According the Hawaiian history, the menehune were in Hawaii long before Polynesian voyagers, and are solely responsible for many unexplained mysteries throughout the islands.
Though nobody has ever seen a menehune legend has it that they are small in stature, comparable to the size of dwarves, and are experts of all things, including engineering, crafts, and construction, each individual the expert of one specific trade, and are able to complete projects in a short period of time. If you’re visiting the island of Kauai, head over to the Menehune Fishpond for one of the most incredible feats known to man. This fishpond and the 900-foot long, 5-foot tall wall were constructed in one night by the menehune of the island, passing stones for 25 miles until the wall and pond were constructed. The structures were built nearly 1,000 years ago, and are quite the site to see.
History books show that when the first voyagers arrived, there were structures and tools already built around the islands, and some of those still exist today. Everything from roads and dams, to fishponds and temples were discovered by the first settlers of the islands, and from the outset, the high-level craftsmanship was very apparent.
Though the existence of the menehune has long been debated, there is no debate about their influence on the islands. The legendary figures have played a prominent role on Hawaii for years, and they are featured as the mascot of a number of elementary and high schools on Oahu, and their images are found on souvenirs at local stores all over Hawaii. Local families are even known to give the menehune credit for things that happen mysteriously or when a problem seems to solve itself.
No matter if the menehune are a legend or if there is truth t0 their existence, they have certainly left their mark on Hawaii. While visiting, keep a lookout for feats of the menehune, and pay attention to the stories of the Menehune. Their existence is important to the history of Hawaii and the legends and stories are everywhere.
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