& Welcome Back To Waikiki!
Your Table is Waiting. . .
"In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger."
'Wai' means 'fresh water' in the Hawaiian tongue.
'Kai' is seawater, or the sea.
So why is this ocean beach
named after leaping fresh water?
Waikiki was part of an extensive ahupua`a,
or ancient land division,
that stretched from the Ko`olau mountains
rising up behind Palolo and Manoa Valleys,
all the way down to the sea.
On those high peaks, the god Kane was said to fall as rain,
feeding waterfalls and the meandering streams
that emerged at the Waikiki shore.
Waikiki was named after these “spouting waters”.
photo courtesy of Nick Noble Photography here
' Uwe ka lani, ola ka honua. '
(When the heavens weep, the earth lives.
When it rains the earth revives.)