Tour Stop E
The large hālau wa'a (canoe-shed), coupled with the assemblage of ki'i pōhaku depicting the traditional Hawaiian lā (crab-claw sail) and papamū (checker board) tells of Kalaemanō's importance in the Hawaiian practice of holo moana or open ocean navigation. As a people surrounded by ocean, the ancient Hawaiians carefully studied the stars and heavens, which they utilized to navigate their course at sea. The night sky is clearly visible to the northwestern horizon and this makes it possible to see where important navigation stars set.
hālau wa'a | canoe shed
This hālau wa'a or canoe shed is the largest structure within the Kalaemanō Cultural Reserve and represents a community structure capable of housing several typical fishing canoes, or perhaps a large voyaging canoe. The low lying wall encloses the north, east, and south ends of the structure, leaving a clear and unobstructed path to the sea. Attached to the south side of the main enclosure is a long and narrow enclosure.
State Inventory of Historic Places Feature B of 50-50-19-19194