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'Ewa

'Ewa is the SW district of O'ahu, the lands surrounding the estuary of Pu'uloa (Pearl Harbor), from Halawa in the East to Honouliuli in the West. "'Ewa" means "crooked" or "unequal." The lands around Pu'uloa are watered by streams running down from the Ko'olau Mountains, while the western plains, where homeless spirits without family or friends wandered, are dry. The estuary of Pu'uloa was noted for its abundance of seafood and for its guardian shark goddess Ka'ahupahau, its fish goddess Kaihuopala'ai, and its mo'o (water lizard) goddess Kanekua'ana, who brought,then took away, the oysters from which Pearl Harbor got its name.

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