Hawaiian words you might encounter - Hale and Hala
Took a drive around East Maui with some visitors and stopped in at the Seven Pools (NOT Seven Sacred Pools by the way). It was the most beautiful day with no rain at all. Anyway, this is just a couple of quick pictures to show a couple of the sights at the park, which is part of Haleakala National Park.
HALE - is Hawaiian for a building, home or house. Pronounced like HA-LAY
In fact the word HALE can be found as a part of larger words such as HALEAKALA which means house of the sun!
HALA - is a type of tree that's common in the wetter parts of Hawaii. Pronounced like HA-LA
Hala was a very important plant to the Hawaiians. The Hala, or screwpine, is of the Pandanus genus and can be found in most tropical Pacific islands.
You might see these trees and think they are bearing pineapples, but that's not the case. They have a big seed cluster that sort of resembles a pineapple. The wood was used for building materials.
The leaves of the tree are called lauhala and were used for weaving mats and baskets. Sails of the Hawaiian sailing canoes were crafted of lauhala.
I found a great website that explains how to prepare these leaves for weaving.
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about buying or selling a hale/home on Maui?