‘Whis­per­ing Walls’ Back At Waimea Val­ley

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

The “Whis­per­ing Walls of Waimea” night walk­ing tours are back at Waimea Val­ley with the first sched­uled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the liv­ing cul- tu­ral park, nar­rated by his­to­rian and mas­ter sto­ry­teller Lopaka Ka­panui.

Ka­panui will share sto­ries and leg­ends of the high priests who once lived in the val­ley, its spe­cial po­haku, the heal- ing power of the val­ley’s plant life and the ru­mored chil­dren at play.“I hope the night walk­ers will gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the spir­i­tual side of the val­ley and learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the dig­nity it of­fers,” he said.“I am hon­ored to be the one se­lected to share th­ese sto­ries of Waimea and share my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of its ‘Whis­per­ing Walls.’ ”

Ka­panui is a Hawai­ian lan­guage in­struc­tor in im­mer­sion preschools and har­bors a deep un­der­stand­ing of Ka‘imo‘olelo and Kaka‘olelo tra­di­tions. He has been lead­ing tours for 17 years and last fall launched his own tour com­pany, “ Mys­ter­ies of Honolulu.” He also is an in­de­pen­dent film­maker and has for­mal train­ing in hula.

Each evening tour lasts up to two hours. Chil­dren must be at least 12 years old and be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Tours are lim­ited to 50 walk­ers, and reser­va­tions are re­quired with pay­ment due 48 hours in ad­vance to se­cure a spot. Tick­ets are $50 for adults and $35 for chil­dren ages 12 to 16. Ka­maaina and mil­i­tary rates also are avail­able.

Fu­ture Whis­per­ing Wall tours are set for March 20, May 22, July 23, Sept. 25 and Nov. 6. For de­tails, call 638-7766.

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