VOICES: On the great engineering of the Menehune people

“The Menehune are a Polynesian race who settled Kaua‘i prior to the arrival of the Kanaka (Hawaiians) over a thousand years ago and coexisted with them. They are credited with great engineering works around the island that remain today, such as large heiau (temples), stone cut irrigation canals, and fishponds. These large enterprises needed many skilled craftsman surrounded by a large labor force under organized leadership in order to accomplish the work. Their descendants remain today.”