Kaua‘i Nui Kuapapa: Talking About Our Island is a project developed by Nā Hōkū Welo Inc., a consultant to the County of Kaua‘i, starting in 2011.

Although not survey grade, and not checked for legal validity, the boundaries correspond to several 18th and 19th century survey maps. The intent of Kaua‘i Nui Kuapapa: Talking About Our Island is to represent three (3) periods in time with respect to moku and ahupua‘a borders—those time periods being the era of the reign of King Kaumuali‘i (circa 1778 to 1824), the Kingdom of Kamehameha (1810 to 1893), and the Territory of Hawai‘i (1893 onwards), as opposed to following the latest data regarding the same that derive from the State of Hawai‘i or USGS, which attempt to describe present-day borders.

The orthography of place names was researched by Nā Hōkū Welo Inc. With regards to place names whose meanings are uncertain, the best educated guess was the basis for orthography. Note that the following symbols were appended to ahupua‘a names in cases where correct spellings for place names are in question:

* Pronunciation and meaning uncertain
† Not found in Place Names of Hawai‘i
‡ No island reference found in Place Names of Hawai‘i

NOTE: These land divisions are graphic representations compiled and organized by Nā Hōkū Welo LLC. from various sources and have not been checked against land survey records for legal validity.


Akina, Joseph. The Story of the Menehune People. . Unpublished holographic manuscript in Hawaiian, transcribed by Frances Frazier. In private collection;

[Alex] original list of names sent by W. S. Alexander, official surveyor under the Republic of Hawai‘i and the Territory of Hawai‘i. This handwritten list was sent to Washington, D.C. In 1904 where it was copied but the copy never sent to Hawaii for correction. These names are found on the official list as well as on the maps themselves. This list can no longer be found;

Andrews, Lorrin. A Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language;

Beckwith, M. Hawaiian Mythology. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. 1970;

Bennett, W.C. Archaeology of Kaua‘i. B.P. Bishop Museum Bull. 80, Millwood: Kraus. Reprint Co. 1976;

Certificate of Boundary No.18, Bureau of Conveyances, State of Hawai‘i;

Dickey, Lyle. Place Names of Halele‘a, Kaua‘i Museum Archives;

Dickey, Lyle. String Figures;

Emerson, Nathaniel B. Unwritten Literature of Hawaii - The sacred Songs of the Hula. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company.1964;

Fornander, W.C. Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-Lore. Bishop Mus. Memoirs, vols 4-6. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1916-20;

Gay, Francis, Place Names of Kaua‘i, Bishop Museum, copy in Kaua‘i Museum;

United States Department of Accounting maps of Kaua‘i;

The Gay & Robinson map drawn in 1905;

Gomez, Henry (personal communication, interviews in newspapers);

Handy, E.S. Craighill and Elizabeth Green Handy. Native Planters in Old Hawai‘i;

Thomas Hashimoto, personal communication;

Kalama, Place Names, Hawaii State Archives;

Henry Kekahuna, Notes, Hawai‘i State Archives;

Kelsey, Theodore. Kaua‘i Place Names. Kelsey Collection, Archives of Hawai‘i;

Kelsey, Theodore. Hanalei District;

Knudsen, Eric. Teller of Tales;

Luahiwa, Place Names, Hawai‘i State Archives;

Luomala, Katherine, Whispers on the Wind;

Maka, Jacob, (Personal communication);

Rains of Kaua‘i, list that appeared in a Hawaiian newspaper Ka Na’i Aupuni, June 18-26, 1906, and translated by Mary Pukui, Bishop Museum Archives;

Pukui, M.K. and S.H. Elbert. Hawaiian Dictionary. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai‘i Press;

Pukui , Mary Kawena, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini, Place Names of Hawaii, [PEM] Place Names of Hawai‘i. U. Of Hawaii University Press;

Pukui, Mary, ‘Ōlelo No‘eau, Bishop Museum Press;

Rice, W.H. Hawaiian Legends. B.P. Bishop Mus. Bull. 3. Millwood, NY:

Kraus Reprint Co.,1971; Stillman, Charles, Place Names of Kaua‘i; from Ruby Scott;

Thrum. Heiau of Hawaii, Hawaiian Almanac. 1907.

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