Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Aloha to St. David's Day, Cymru's Red Dragon, and the Laniloa Mo'o

Today is St. David's Day!  St. David is the patron saint of Wales - the Red Dragon will be flying proudly across Cymru.    

Likewise, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon .... so I offer you a Hawaiian legend of a slain dragon in La'ie.

La'ie is located on the northeastern coast
near the Polynesian Cultural Center.

La'ie is know for its "sea arch".

Up close, notice the man made rock piles on the left.

The above plaque was part of a Boy Scout Eagle Project.
It details the legend of Laniloa the Mo'o.

From the Bishop Museum,

This point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to legend. This peninsula was originally a "Mo'o" or giant lizard. Standing upright ready to kill any intruder.

After Kana (a legendary warrior) and his brother had rescued their mother from Moloka'i and had taken her back to Hawaii. Kana set out on a journey to kill all the Mo'o in the islands. In time, he arrived in La'ie where the Mo'o had been killing many people. Kana easily defeated the Mo'o taking its head. He chopped it into five pieces and flung them into the ocean. The pieces of the lizard's head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore their original names were Kihewamoku, Moluaaniwa, Pulemoku, Malualai and Keauakaluapa'a'a. 

Do you have a local legend?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 3, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 4.


Kim in Hawaii

The Welsh coast looks like Hawaii!


  1. Local legend yes we do ! It is about a young girl and her fiancee who were one evening traveling to meet his parents to tell them about their engagement and to plan the wedding, on the way there they were involved in a car accident and she was killed instantly , legend has it she still roams the road late at night asking people to give her lift as she needs to get to her fiancee 's parents house as that is where her fiancee is waiting for her,sad very sad but apprentely very true !

    Thanks for the giveaway


  2. we had so many local legend in my country but the very near with my town is danau toba lake, the legend about the lake was formed from woman's tears who's incarnation of a fish, because she wrathful with her husband who has promised to do not tell her son that she is a fish then she cried and cried until the lake formed.

  3. I don't know of any local legends that we might have.

  4. We have a local legend of the infamous Jackelope. Part jack rabbit part antelope. Looks like a large jack rabbit with antlers. Of course it's not real, but when I saw a stuffed wall mounted plaque of one..I sure thought it was.

  5. I don't know of any legends like that. I've only heard about the urban legends like alligators inhabiting the sewers.

  6. I'm totally blank on any local legends. Enjoyed the pics.


  7. I'm not aware of any local legends.

  8. There is a legend in CT about The Leather Man. He is really fascinating

  9. i was borned in ga mountains and move just a ways up the road to same mts in tn, so lots of ghost stories of mountains, mostly of the indians , the trail of tears is like 1/2 mile from where im sitting at. also CCC camp, wher they put WW2 prisoners to work in the mts making roads thru it , basically breaking rock. alot of them died violently too


  10. Our local legends are the ghosts that haunt the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego, and the "haunted" room at the Hotel Del Coronado. Lots of history with both the Whaley House and the Hotel.

  11. I'm originally from Latvia. The capital, Riga, is famous for it's roosters. One rooster can be seen on the top of the St.Peter’s Church spires. It serves not only as a wind indicator, but, according to the Christian tradition, it also defends city from the evil.

  12. We have one legend. In the high school auditorium, a woman fell and died. They say sometimes you can see her and she always messes with things. I know a few times that we were in there practicing for choir, the lights would go out, the music would stop playing, you could hear noises, etc.. But i think thats the only legend around.

  13. We don't have any local legends.