New venue for Menehune

HANAPEPE — If you’ve ever wondered who the Menehune were, historian Aletha Ka‘ohi will share facts and myths about the mysterious race on Thursday.

The special event presented by the Kauai Historical Society has received so much interest that they’ve had to locate another venue to accommodate a larger audience.

“Due to the overwhelming response to Aletha’s talk story on Menehune, we have secured the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church on Hanapepe Road in old Hanapepe Town as the new venue,” stated Delia Akaji, administrative assistant for Kauai Historical Society, in an announcement on Wednesday.

Ka‘ohi, will share her stories and knowledge of the “Mythical Menehune” as a retired public librarian, former lecturer at Kauai Community College and president of Friends of King Kaumuali’i.

“I’m a storyteller, so it’s very easy to use the Menehune,” said Ka‘ohi. “You capture the character of these little people.”

The program takes place 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. Parking is available along Kona Road leading to Hanapepe Road from Kaumuali’i Highway adjacent to the park and fire station, with limited parking alongside Hanapepe Road fronting the church. Society members are free, donations are welcomed.

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