Lāwaʻi lies between Kalāheo and Koloa, and means Day to end the fishing taboo.


 

Lit: Day to end the fishing taboo

An ahupuaʻa of the Kona district between Kalāheo and Koloa. Petroglyphs have been found in this valley on the east side of a large rock a short distance toward the sea from the former cannery. These are the regular type of scratched or pecked petroglyphs.

#There was an altar to the fish god on the east coast of Lāwa’i just below the road at the lower end of the entrance road destroyed by a land slide a few years ago, but on the rocks below is still a round hole about nine inches in diameter, worn very smooth, apparently by rocks coursing around in it, which the Hawaiians used as an ‘awa bowl in which to offer ‘awa to a fish god. Hawaiians prepared the ‘awa and placed it in the bowl, mixed and then taken out and strained through rushed (ahuawa), and poured into a long narrow hole resembling a fish’s mouth in an adjoining rock. The shark god, Ku-hai-moana, came up in the breakers at the base of the cliff to receive the ‘awa. A crack in the rock leading into the ‘awa bowl may have served as its handle. Another altar to a fish god was on the west coast of Lāwa’i. [Stau]
    *A supernatural dog named Poki was said to have owned land at Lāwa’i and Wahi-awa.