100 Menehunes

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Inspiration

The “Menehune Mystery” NFT collection honors all the indigenous people of Hawai’i by spotlighting Hawaiian folklore and real archeological mysteries. The Menehune are hard at work helping us build the Hula Girl NFT collection! Remember…you can only see a Menehune if you are a Menehune or related to one.

 

Who are the Menehune? Hawaiian folklore tells many tales of these ancient race of people. Some researchers believe Menehune were the first people of Hawaii from the Marquesas Islands arriving much earlier than the Tahitians, around 300 A.D. Archeological research show they were amazing builders who constructed outstanding and mysterious engineering feats across the islands. They built temples (Heiau), fishponds, roads, canoes and houses. The Tahitians in the 14th century saw existing roads and structures upon their arrival and have the word “Manahune” in their language.” Manahune” means lesser or lowly person in Tahitian. Legends say they were only 2ft. tall on average but they were probably more like 4 ft., and that they were very muscular. Menehune were also known to enjoy dancing, singing, archery, and diving into the ocean from high cliffs.

 

Today stories about Menehune tell children to beware because the Menehune are around but not visible and can be mischevious. It is a good idea to beep your car horn when driving through any tunnel on a Hawaiian island to greet and acknowledge the local Menehune so that later in your trip you will be safe from any of their possible mischievous activity.

 

Where are the Menehune now? Some scholars think the Menehune fled to one of the northwestern Hawaiian islands called “Necker Island”. They may have sought refuge there after being chased off by the much larger and stronger Tahitians. Some people believe the Menehune are still roaming the islands, carrying out tricks on people. In the 1820 Census in the town of Wainiha on the north coast of Kaui, 65 people put down “Menehune” as their nationality

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Menehune Beautiful Taro Harvest

Artist: Jacqueline Ford

Music Producer: Matt Firenez 

Did the Menehunes build this? The Alekoko Fishpond is the largest fishpond on the island of Kaui and is one of the most amazing examples of aquaculture. Water from the fishpond feeds into taro crops planted adjacent to the fishpond. Menehune Genius? Menehune Mystery!

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Menehune Fish Pond Magic

Artist: Jacqueline Ford

Music Producer: Ec-Jay

Did the Menehunes build this? Archaeologists estimate the Alekoko Fishpond on the island of Kaui was built nearly 1,000 years ago, around the 15th century. It is considered one of the most amazing examples of ancient Hawaiian aquaculture. It is also the largest aquaculture reservoir on Kauai and may be the first brackish-water fishpond in the Hawaiian Islands.The structure is based on a wall separating the pond from Huleia stream which is five feet high, 900 feet long, and meticulously built with lava rock. Fishponds were used for fattening and storing fish for the community. While only six of the ancient fishponds were still in operation in 1994, 488 fishpond sites have been identified by archeologists throughout the Hawaiian islands. Menehune Mystery!

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Menehune Amazing Masonry

Artist: Jacqueline Ford

Music Producer: Matt Firenez 

Did the Menehunes build this? Poli’ahu Heiau on the island of Kaui is believed to have been in use in the 1600-1700’s but was built much earlier by the Menehune. A heiau is a Hawaiian temple or spiritual site. The Poli’ahu Heiau is over an acre in square feet and the surrounding wall is 5ft. High and 5 ft. wide. The rocks were brought up from a river valley far below the hilltop site and the wall was constructed by interlocking stacked rocks without the use of mortar. Menehune Mystery!

Menehune Irrigation Ditch Expert

Artist: Jacqueline Ford

Music Producer: Ec-Jay

Did the Menehunes build this? On the island of Kaui, the Kikiaola Ditch is said to confirm the existence of Menehune. It is a narrow ditch channeling water from Waimea River to the taro patches in lower Waimea. In 1793 it was viewed as 24 ft. tall made with neatly cut smooth basalt stones, looking like bricks, not found in any other rock wall structures in Hawaii with stones from over 7 mile away. Menehune Mystery!

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Menehune Survey Engineer

Artist: Jacqueline Ford

Music Producer: Ec-Jay

Did the Menehunes build this? Today, you can see for yourself, structures built with stones that were cut and placed unlike any other in ancient Hawai’i. Legend tells of the Menehune as master builders and that they could construct an entire structure in one night. They did not like to be seen while they worked and if a structure was not finished before dawn, they would abandon it and not return. Menehune Mystery!

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Menehune Types 5

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5 x 20 = 100 menehunes

 

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