The nine channels that connect the islands of our pae ‘āina each have unique names and characteristics. The ʻAlenuihāhā (great billows smashing) Channel separates Hawai‘i and Maui. The ʻAlalākeiki (crying baby) Channel separates the islands of Kahoʻolawe and Maui. The Kealaikahiki Channel is the channel between Lāna‘i and Kahoʻolawe. It literally means "the road to Tahiti" and it was thought if one takes a bearing off Kealaikahiki Point on Kahoʻolawe the channel faces Tahiti. The ʻAuʻau Channel is one of the most protected areas of ocean in the Hawaiian Islands, lying between Lānaʻi and Maui. ʻAuʻau translates to "to take a bath" referring to its calm bath-like conditions. The Pailolo Channel separates the islands of Molokaʻi and Maui, named after the crazy fishermen who would dare to traverse these rough waters. The Kalohi (the slowness) Channel is the stretch of water separating Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi. The Kaiwi (the bone) Channel separates the islands of O‘ahu and Moloka‘i. The Kaʻieʻie Waho Channel separates the islands of Kauaʻi and Oʻahu. Kaʻieʻie Waho means "Outer Kaʻieʻie," named after the ʻieʻie vine. The Kaulakahi Channel separates the islands of Niʻihau and Kauaʻi, translating to "the single flame” representative of the streaks of sunset colors.
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