According to legend, the high chief of Waimea, Ola, was concerned that his people were having difficulty bringing water from the Waimea River down to their taro patches. In order for Ola to enlist the aid of the hardworking Menehune, he had to establish a kapu (taboo) so that no one could leave their houses at night. Once the kapu was set, the Menehune proceeded to divert some water from the Waimea River overnight with the elaborate cut and dressed stones of this ancient aqueduct.
Photo by: Fred Patricio, Jr.
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