This area is along the Westside Pali of Maui and was considered wahipana (sacred) in ancient Hawaii. Ukumehame was named in reference to the payment (uku) of wood (hame or mehame). The indigenous Hame or Mehame tree is a very hard, strong and durable native wood used by early Hawaiians for kapa tools, hut beams, javelins or spears, digging sticks (‘o’o), and scraping boards for olona.
The red fruit juice mixed with kamani oil was used to make a bright red dye for kapa cloth, particularly for the malo or loincloth.
This tree was considered a la’aulapa’au or medicinal plant in old Hawaii. The leaves were chewed and swallowed for vomiting spells. The bark, mixed with other plants, was used as a wash for ulcers and scrofulous sores.
This area in old Hawaii is considered to have numerous ocean grave sites located in shallow water and shoreline areas. Many Native Hawaiians are opposed to the development of this coastal shoreline.
Our experienced guides (most of them are native Hawaiians; born and raised in these islands) have spent nearly all of their lives surfing, fishing, diving, spear-fishing and paddling canoe in this island paradise! Listen to their stories as they share their mana’o (knowledge) passed on through generations as you relive a part of Hawai’i. Come join us for an unforgettable experience for the whole family!