‘Whispering Walls’ Back At Waimea Valley
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.