Where You Live: Kane'oheUPDATED 8:36 PM HST Feb 06, 2014Video Transcript
across 4-thousand acres of land... From ancient farmlands and fishponds to a modern day shopping mall... Everyone's heard of it... But how much do you really know about Kaneohe, and what it took to become the town it is today ... KITV-4's Brenton Awa explores the Kaneohe of old... In our WHERE YOU LIVE segment.... NATSOUND - Kamaka playing SHOT -- Pan bamboo "ukulele measure..." SHOT -- rack focus rain drop "ukulele measure..." SHOT -- pan wide shot Kaneohe "Olapa ka uila I Kane'ohe..." SHOT -- Kamaka wide shot "Ka hui laulima o i Laniwai..." SHOT -- Wide shot Kaneohe -- left to right pan? Nourished by the Koolau range -- lies Kaneohe... One of 11 ahupua'a in the Koolaupoko region -- spanning Kualoa to Makapu'u. NATPOP - Water Once considered the bread basket in times of drought on the Leeward side... With food hauled around -- or carried over this ridge. NATPOP - Water The wai -- or water -- still saturates the aina here... 3415 - 3425 - MAHEALANI "IT'S MANA IS SO RICH, IN THE SOIL, IN THE WATER, IN THE BAY, IN THE PLANTS THAT GROW HERE, IN THE PEOPLE." A prized treasure that caught the eye of Kamehameha the Great. 3150 - MAHEALANI "LOOKING DOWN ON KANEOHE FROM THE NUUANU PALI -- HE WOULD'VE SEEN FLOWING STREAMS FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO THE OCEAN. HE WOULD'VE SEEN FARM LANDS THAT STRETCH FROM THE BASE OF THE LAND ALL THE WAY TO THE SHORE AND HE WOULD'VE SEEN DOZENS OF FISHPONDS IN THE BAY. NATPOP Sequence -- mailbox shutting then carrier Today -- the mailing address of Kaneohe includes ahupua'a He'eia -- Kahalu'u -- Waihee -- Waiahole and several others... Which begs the question... SOT "Where you live?" "KANEOHE... HEEIA." Debatable -- depending on whether you're following the hawaiian land division or the modern zip-code ... And then -- there's the division of the town itself... NATS SONG - 2nd singer??? "kaneohe hula..." SHOT off Pali Momi roof looking towards Kualoa This is Kaneohe today -- crowded with homes and shops... SHOT - Photo 1 ...and this -- the same place back in 1879... No roads -- just a mill -- and farmland. SHOT - Photo 2 That was much of Kaneohe back then... SHOT - Kapunahala This Kapunahala neighborhood was once occupied by Lo'i... SHOT - Photo 3 ...before being coverted to rice fields. SHOT - Halekou Just up the road -- the Halekou neighborhood was filled with cattle dairies... SHOT - Keapuka -- then Ho'omaluhia ...and just down the hill... Keapuka is now home to the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens. SHOT - Dam Nearby -- the Kaneohe Kailua dam -- built after the floods in the 1960's ripped through this subdivision. 2102 - ALICE "THE RAIN WAS IN THE MOUNTAIN -- NOT IN THE TOWN, AND THEY LOST A FEW LADIES." SHOT - from Pali Momi roof Kaneohe is also steeped in Hawaiian history... These homes -- in Kawa'ewa'e were built just below an ancient Hei'au -- believed to date back to the 12th century. SHOT - sand beach at Waikalua and in Waikalua -- what is now the Kaneohe Beach Park was once the site where four chiefs made peace -- and spared a bloody war in these waters from taking place. NATS -- Super old tune NATS -- Restaurant "..." SHOT - Yims at Pahkes Historically -- Kaneohe was a very poor town... SHOT -- Photo 5 -- from middle of sentence To help -- the Yim family opened their first market right next to what is now Ben Parker Elementary... NEED SHOT ...and currently -- the Kaneohe . SHOT - Yims eating The Yims own eight buildings today -- but times weren't always this comfortable. 4155 - EVANS "WE BOUGHT A TON AND A HALF TRUCK TO HAUL ALL THESE THINGS ON THE DANGEROUS PALI TUNNEL." Evan Yim says he's lucky to be alive after all those trips over the "gateway" to -- and from his town. Now... He gets to enjoy the fruits of his labors... 4351 - EVANS "CAN'T BELIEVE IT, CAN'T BELIEVE IT. BUT WE DID THIS ALL FOR THE PEOPLE OF KANEOHE." Perhaps one of the most memorable places in Kaneohe sat at the corner of Lilipuna road and Kamehameha highway back in the 60's... NATS -- SONG "...tiny bubbles..." Where Honeys café -- was the "go to" watering hole... and where Don Ho's career got its start after he took over the family business. NATS Kamaka As Kaneohe grew -- so did it's technology. This song -- titled kaneohe hula -- was composed just after the town turned it's lights on -- getting electricity for the first time. Now -- many say this town is thriving ... 2810 - 2823 "EVERYTHING ABOUT KANEOHE IS SPECIAL, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT HERE, YOU GOT THE OCEAN, YOU'VE GOT THE MOUNTAIN, YOU'VE GOT THE LAND TO PLANT, YOU GOT THE HOMES, WHICH IS EXPENSIVE NOWADAYS BUT." But even as things change -- others still remain... NATS - Rocks moving At Paepae o Heeia -- an ancient fishpond -- volunteers are rebuilding the past to serve the future... 5232 - HIILEI KAWELO "FOR US IT'S REALLY A MISSION OF GETTING THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE MORE CONNECTED, MORE CONNECTED WITH THEIR SURROUNDING S AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR ECOSYSTEM SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THE MOST INFORMED DECISIONS FOR OUR FUTURE." NATS -- song A glimpse of Kaneohe... Where many agree the lights still shine bright... SHOT -- beauty shot of lo'i or farm area Preserving its past... SHOT -- kids playing Savoring present ... SHOT -- Paepae o heeia fishpond ...and preparing for generations to come. NATS -- ukulele measure out past my outcue In Kaneohe -- Brenton Awa -- KITV4 News. There's several stories behind the meaning of the name Kane'ohe... To find out how the name came to be -- you'll have to tune in tomorrow to KITV4 morning news.