people know Waikiki to be a small stretch of hotels and beach, but it
is also the name of one of the larger ahupua'a on the island of O'ahu. see
ahupua'a is part of the indigenous land division system in Hawaii.
These sections of land extend from the mountain summits through valleys
into the sea. It allowed the people who lived there a variety of terrains
in which to farm, gather and hunt.
ahupua'a of Waikiki was once filled with agriculture and aquaculture,
fed by the streams that flowed from three valleys Makiki, Manoa
and Palolo. The streams throughout the valleys have been seriously polluted
by urban, suburban, and industrial 'progress'. The parts of the streams
that once flowed through the sub-section we now know as Waikiki were
completely severed by the dredging of the Ala Wai Canal in the early
1900s, motivated by greed for money and power by the likes of Walter
map to the left shows the streams that flowed and still flow toward
Waikiki. In spite of it all, as long as there is rain, the streams will
on dots for more information on the growing community efforts to reclaim
the streams, and perhaps a working model for future self-sustenance
for the people of Hawai'i.
on the stream names for name origins.