Honopū lays between Kalalau and Nuʻalolo and contains many house sites and taro terraces fed by an extensive irrigation system. Honopū is Conch bay.


 

Honopū: Conch bay

Hono-pū, an ahupuaʻa of Nāpali, lying between Kalalau and Nuʻalolo, contains many house sites and taro terraces fed by an extensive irrigation system.

The ahupuaʻa was said to have produced excellent olonā (sennit) ropes. American whaling captains preferred olonā ropes to the cordage that was made back in New England. It was stronger and lasted longer.

Ua nīki’i ia i ke olonā o Honopū.
Tied fast with the olonā cord of Honopū.
Said of a situation that is made fast.
Honopū was said to produce excellent olonā in ancient days. (Pukui 2833)

The pū, which gives the valley its name, is a triton shell with its pointed tip removed that was used trumpet-like to warn everyone that a sacred chief was approaching. 

The kahuna Hulumanienie brought Laieikawai, the four Maile sisters, and Kahalaomapuana to live in Honopū with him after Laieikawai had been tricked into a marriage she did not want and which lost her the special attributes that had been hers from birth. (Haleole, Legend of Laieikawai)