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  • The menehune will be the Hawaiian resort's version of "hidden Mickeys" -- tucked away in spots around the property where children can find them in a kind of hide-and-seek visual treasure hunt.

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  • Pi, a Kauai farmer, wanted a ditch to carry water from the Waimea River for the refreshment of his land near Kikiloa, and, having marked the route, he ordered the menehune, as they call the little people, to do the work.

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  • There were no tramps in Hawaii, so the menehune must have eaten it.

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  • The hum and bustle of the work were heard all night, and so pleased was the farmer, when morning came and the ditch was built, that he set a feast for the menehune on the next night, and it was gone at daybreak.

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  • Situated between the towers is a lush tropical forest that serves as a make-believe hideout for Hawaiian trolls, or menehune.

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  • Riding against over 450 surfers from Maine to Southern New Jersey this past weekend, Bruce placed first in boys short-board division and 2nd in menehune long-board division during the qualifying competition in the Eastern Surfing Association's Northeast Regional Championships in Middletown, RI.

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  • There will representations of menehune, the mythical small people of Hawaiian culture who were said to come out at night to build structures (the Menehune Ditch on Kauai is the most famous example).

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  • But the mighty menehune chips it nicely on the green.

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  • He ended up winning the Open Boys title with a 17.50 score and the Explorer menehune with 16.75.

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  • a small humming and giggling were heard in the bushes and a company of menehune stole out into the shine of the moon.

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  • In Hawaiian mythology, the Menehune pronounced meh-neh-HOO-neh are said to be a people, sometimes described as dwarfs in size, who live in the deep forests and hidden valleys of the Hawaiian islands, far from the eyes of normal humans. Their favorite food is the mai'a (banana), but they also like fish.

    The Menehune were said to be superb craftspeople. Legends say that the Menehune built temples, fishponds, roads, canoes, and houses. They are said to have lived in Hawaiʻi before the human settlers arrived many centuries ago.

    _Wikipedia

    February 19, 2008

  • Hawaiian version of the Irish leprechuan.

    December 2, 2006