Kīkīaola is a historic irrigation ditch (‘auwai) said to have been built by Menehune, suggesting that it was built during the earliest period of Hawaiian settlement. Hawaiians built many stone-lined ‘auwai to irrigate ponds for growing taro, but very rarely used dressed stone to line the ditches. The finely cut basalt blocks that line sections of the outer wall of the Menehune Ditch make it quite exceptional.
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