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Legend of Akaka Falls
Legends says that a Hawaiian
Akua (God) named Akaka lived
besides the waterfall. Akaka's cousin,
Kiha, offended Akaka and was condemned
to jump over the falls.
His body was
transformed into a red-brown pohaku (stone)
that lies in the pool today.
Akaka was married and had
a ilio (dog). He also was a kolohe
(rascal), who had two wahines (girlfriends) .
One was named Lehua, on the north side,
and the other named Maile, on the south side.
One day while he was with Lehua,
Akaka's kanewahine (wife)
unexpectedly returned home and
called for him. Feeling guilty,
he raced backed eith his faithful dog.
Near the edge of the cliff, Akaka
slipped and fell into Kiha's grave.
His dog remained at the cliff and
turned into stone.
save Akaka, his wife also turned
into stone at the edge of the falls.
Upon hearing Akaka's fate,
Maile and Lehua wept and
turned into waterfalls,
located further down.
Folklore says that rain will fall
if you touch the large rock at
the top of the falls with a lehua
branch or a maile lei around it.
This is because Lehua and Maile
always made poor Akaka's wife weep.
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