Another important facet of the records compiled as a part of the Māhele ‘Āina are the place names of Honouliuli. Some 182 place names were cited in the claims, testimonies, and surveys of native tenants lands in Honouliuli. The names are often descriptive of i) the terrain, ii) an event in history, iii) the kind of resources a particular place was noted for, or iv) the kind of land use which occurred in the area so named. Sometimes an earlier resident of a given land area was also commemorated by place names.
The named localities extend from the shore to the mountain slopes. In some instances the place names identify a specific site on the land, while others describe regions or strips of land such as in the name Honouliuli, which comprises some 43,250 acres. Other parcels of land identified in the records include ‘ili, kula, mo‘o ‘āina, lo‘i, or kīhāpai. These parcels of land were established as smaller subdivisions or management parcels which might include a quarter-acre parcel for a single house site or garden plot, or which might include thousands of acres like the ‘ili of Pu‘uloa, which contained 2,610 acres.
While the list of place names identified in the claims of native tenants of Honouliuli provides us with a rich collection of notable places on the landscape, it will be seen that some notable place names are found along the south-facing shore of Honouliuli, the area where the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation is directly based. No identifiable reference to One‘ula, Kalaeloa, Ka‘olina (Ko‘olina), or the nearshore kula lands was recorded. Along the coast, the nearest references are found in the ‘ili of Pu‘uloa at Keahi, and in the ‘ili of Waimānalo. The lack of cited place names is reflective of the impacts on the Hawaiian population and environment following western Contact. The exact locations of many places which are found in traditions and historical accounts cannot be accurately identified in historic surveys mapping work.
|Hakelo||Kohepalaoa at Puuloa||Makawela (at Honouliluli)|
|Halawa||Kapahupahu||Makawela at Puuloa|
|Honouliuli Stream||Kapi at Puuloa||Maui|
|Kahawai||Keahi at Puuloa||Ohikiili|
|Kahuka*||Kenahupu||Okea (Kea) at Puuloa|
|Kahui||Keolama||Okiokiolepe at Puuloa|
|Kaihuopalaai||Komomoku at Puuloa||Paeokiha|
|Kaloiloa||Kuemanuiki||Pili o Kahe*|
|Kaluanohu at Puuloa||Kumuulu||Polapola|
|Kamookahi (Mookahi)||Loko Nihola (Nihola)||Waa|
|Kamoomoku (Kamoomuku)||Loko Panahaha||Waimanana|
|Kamumuku||Loko Panainui (Paneenui)||Waioha|
|Kanahu||Loko Waianu||Waioipu at Puuloa|
†Place and person.
‡Cited in boundary.