October 18, 2012 - The Menehune Of The Aulani

After breakfast at The ʻŌlelo Room, we walked around the Waikohole Valley some more.  One of the places we checked out was the Menehune Bridge, an interactive water play area for kids.  And, I mean kids.  Later in our stay, another one of my cousins went there and were shoo'd out because we were not kids.   But, I get it.  It's one area in which kids won't feel like they're being trampled on by bigger people.  So, I was not offended.  Anyway, the Menehune Bridge was said to have been built by the Menehune, the mischievous little people of Hawaii.




Anyway, I thought I'd now take this opportunity to talk about the Menehune of the Aulani.

Who are the Menehune?  Well, their origin is lost in legend.  Many believe that they were an ancient race of people who were driven from Tahiti but settled on Necker Island, just northwest of the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i.  Through the years, they became more legendary and are thought of as more elf or dwarf like creatures who live deep in the lush forests of Hawaii.  While mischievous, they are extremely handy and have said to have built many of the heiaus (temples), bridges, canoes, roads and fishponds of Hawaii.

When the Disney Imagineers created the Aulani, they incorporated the Menehune into the resort's story.  Working with cultural and historical experts from the wonderful Bishop Museum in Honolulu (if you ever go to Honolulu, it is a must to visit as the greatest place to learn about Polynesian history and culture), they placed Menehune based on the idols on Necker Island throughout the resort.  Think Hidden Mickeys...only with Menehune.  LOL!

Anyway, here are some of the Menehune I spotted along the trip...

On the Menehune Bridge
On the Menehune Bridge
On the Menehune Bridge
On the Menehune Bridge
In the Maka'ala Lobby
In the Maka'ala Lobby
In the Maka'ala Lobby
In the Maka'ala Lobby
In the Maka'ala Lobby
In an 'Ewa Tower Elevator
In an 'Ewa Tower Elevator
In the Waikohole Valley
In the Waikohole Valley
In the Waikohole Valley
In the Waikohole Valley
In the Waikohole Valley
At Aunty's Beach House
At Aunty's Beach House
At Aunty's Beach House
At Aunty's Beach House
At the bottom of Rainbow Reef
In The ʻŌlelo Room 
In The ʻŌlelo Room 
Those are just the Menehune I caught!  I know that there are many more and will definitely continue to look the next time I'm there.

One of the activities I was most sad that I didn't get to do was the Menehune Adventure Trail which is like an interactive scavenger hunt similar to Agent P's World Showcase Adventure at Epcot.  I just didn't have enough time.  But, it's also another activity I definitely want to do the next time I'm at the Aulani!

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