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Waialua

Waialua is the northwestern district of O'ahu, from Ka'ena Point in the west, to Kapaeloa at Waimea Bay, noted for its fishing grounds and gods. "Waialua" means "two waters," refering, according to various interpretations, to two streams, a lo'i (kalo pond), or a pool at Kemo'o; or the name of a bad chief named Waia, who was "doubly ('lua') disgraced" (Sterling and Summers 88). According to Malo, Waia was "so absorbed in the pursuit of pleasure that he disregarded the instructions of his father [Haloa] to pray to the gods, to look well after the affairs of the kingdom, and to take good care of his people so that the country might be prosperous" (244).

In ancient times, the ruling chiefs of O'ahu lived near the center of the island and the famous birthing stones of Kukaniloko in Wahiawa; the chiefs were fed by the fish of 'Uko'a fishpond in Waialua. The sin of O'ahunui, the cannibal king, caused their home in central O'ahu to be cursed by Kane, the god of life, and the chiefs have not lived there since that time. The district of Waialua also contains the famous "leina a ka 'uhane" ("spirit leap") near Ka'ena Point, where spirits of the recently departed leapt into the sea from an uplifted limestone rock and were met by ancestors who guided them safely to the land of spirits (Summers and Sterling 94-95).

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