Nu‘alolo is a steep sided walled valley with no direct access between the sea and the valley floor. Nu‘alolo is a Hog sacrifice ceremony.


 

Nu‘alolo: Hog sacrifice ceremony

Nu‘alolo is an ahupuaʻa of the Nāpali district, a steep sided walled valley with no direct access between the sea and the valley floor. Access was by an ingenious hanging ladder, ke alahaka o Nu‘alolo. The trail from the beach to the farming area begins at the beach and comes around a bluff. Thirty five feet later, the trail was overhung by the cliff with the ocean twenty feet below. At this point a rope ladder led to a ledge 25 feet higher up and the bulge in the cliff made the ladder hang out over the ocean. Anyone with vertigo could not climb the ladder. It did not always act as protection for the inhabitants.

Ka pali kā‘ili wahine o Ke‘ē.
The wife snatching cliff of Ke‘ē.
Once upon a time some men of Ke‘ē fell in love with the wives of some Nu‘alolo men. They climbed the ladder up to Nu‘alolo, threatened the men there, and departed with their wives. [Pukui 1528]

There are house sites everywhere, from one at the base of an overhanging cliff on the east side to those on the ridges within the valley. There is a stone platform on the shoreward side of the first easy valley of the stream. The flats were extensively housed and taro terraces abound. There is a heiau at the base of the talus slope in the southeast corner of the flats.

Nu‘a was the name given to the hog sacrifice upon the completion of a canoe. Lolo was the name for the religious ceremony at which the brain of the sacrificed animal was eaten.

Nu‘alolo was also famous for its fireworks cliff, Ka-maile. Firebrands were thrown from the top of the cliff like javelins and they soared in the air, throwing out embers into the night sky before falling into the sea a mile or two offshore.

The iliau, a relative of the silversword, once grew here.