Kalani's culture is based on the Hawaiian core values of integrity and respect. In this section we invite you to learn more about the island life and Aloha spirit.
Lono Dickson
Co-founder of Kalani
Born & raised on Maui, HI


The legends of the Menehune began back when Polynesians first arrived in Hawaii. The Polynesians believed the Menehune to be a skilled people. Many dams, roads, and temples, had been built prior to their arrival. Many of these are still around today.

Theories of the name "Menehune" go back to 1100 AD when Tahitians invaded the islands. They referred to the inhabitants as "Manahune" (lowly people). A census report from 1820 recorded 65 people as "Menehune" and so the spelling and name continued.

The mythical Menehune are described as small in stature. They are credited for many unexplainable sights. Alekoko Fishpond is one example, also referred to as the Menehune Fishpond. It was said that the Menehune built it in one night. They carried stones from 25 miles away by lining up one by one across the land to build a dam in the river. This dam allowed fish to remain in the pond until they grew large enough to be consumed.

Menehune Fishpond: Alekoko, Kauai


Kikiaola Ditch (pictured below), and the Ceremonial Site of Necker Island are also said to have ties to the Menehune.


While no remains of this tribe of tiny people has ever been discovered, many still believe they are out there. Theory is that they hide in forests and only come out at night. While mischevious creatures, they also take pride in playing tricks on the Hawaiian "Kanaka Maoli" (natives).

When driving through the lava fields on the way to La Perouse Bay (Maui), keep an eye out for the low stone wall on either side of the road. Ask any Kanaka Maoi (Hawaiian Native) and they will tell you, the Menehune built that wall. Another structure credited to the Menehune!