The Legend of Makua Cave: Northwest Coast of Oahu, Hawaii

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

Another Hawaii Relocation tidbit of information that may come in handy if you're relocating to Hawaii and may be sightseeing along the Northwest Shore of Oahu.  

Located right past Keeau Beach Park on the Waianae Coast of Oahu is Makua Cave.  Long before it was "nicknamed" Makua Cave it was known as Kaneana(Ka knee ah na) or better known as the Cave of the Kane(Ka knee or man; male) 

At 150,000 years old and once was underwater...carved by the sea.
Sanding 100 feet high and 450 feet deep
we really didn't feel it necessary to walk into the depths of the darkness that enfolded us immediately after passing the mouth of the cave.

 

 Okay. It was  just plain spooky. I heard noises and thought it was bats but it was really little birds who made their nest in the little crevices. Then I smelled something dead. Okay. That was it..time to go!

To continue on with the "legend". For one: In ancient times it was forbidden to enter the Kaneana Cave because this was the home of the shark man of Kaneana.

Okay, so now what? I just read the plaque of the picture I took and am I safe now? I didn't go all the way in. Does that mean I should not have stepped foot in it at all? Oh, geez.

Anyway, as the legend tells it it is a story of a period in ancient times about a "shark-man" that made his home in this cave under the ocean. Kaneana. He would disguise

 

himself as a man to bait humans into coming into the cave. And for what you ask? Duh. Dinner time!

The alternative story is it was a "shark-woman" Goddess who lured the human into the cave with her charm. And then ate them for .....lunch. (okay I made that part up)

There are smaller tunnels inside the cave that you can venture into but when the cold air from the depths and soul of this cave hit me I thought better of it. Right. If you read correctly earlier, I was afraid before I even got to the mouth of the cave. Remember now, these ancient Hawaiian legends and stuff are not to be messed with. I learned this early on in my life. :)

Gary took this picture with his camera and I tell you what  ... I was really

spooked. Maybe it was just my imagination running wild....

Can you guys see anything or is it just me? 

In any event, it's been years since I went near the cave and it was Gary's first time there. It proved to be an interesting spectacle to look at and just to show you the size of this massive cave here's a picture of the mouth of the cave taken from the inside out. Uh....that's little ant thing is me and beyond is the ocean and faintly you can see the end of the line on this side of the island: Kaena Point.

To get to the Northwest Coast of Oahu follow the H-1 freeway that turns into Farrington Highway. Keep following this highway all the way down the coastline from Nanakuli to Maili, Waianae, Makaha and to Makua Cave and Yokohama Beach.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Lisa; Hey....I'm way adult size and still don't go trapsing around :)
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Sally..... I also love this kind of stuff and legends. And I know all about caves and such, because I use to live in Louisville, Ky. One thing that I never did was spelunking which is considered the art of caving. Crawling around in tight areas, using rope, etc, etc.  And the smell part was funny. Thanks for not describing it... lol  In any case, this was very interesting. 

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Hey Jeff....Well, I don't ever believe I wanted to do the cave stuff....nope...saw enough movies....lol!
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Hey Sally. Just wanted to let you know. Yesterday, I posted a blog about the Things to Do/Places to Visit group and I gave you a mention and a link back to this post =)
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Sally, since you made it back out of the cave, you don't have to worry any more about the curse of the shark man!  :o)

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