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Waters of Waiau

Waters of Waiau

The Hawaiians believed that upon their mountaintops there lived 4 very clever deities. Kahoupokane lived on Hualalai's mountaintop, Lilinoe lived on Maui's Hale'akala, Poli'ahu, perhaps the most famous of the sisters, covered Mauna Kea's top with snow, and along side of her, also lived Waiau.

At the top of Mauna Kea there sits a lake with her name. Here, it was thought goddesses like Poli'ahu would bathe in Waiau's waters, and also that this was a piko to Wakea, the god of the sky.