CARTOGRAPHER'S NOTESMap of Kaua'i by Artist/Cartographer Blaise Domino
Island of Kaua'i is the fourth in a series of historical maps of Hawai'i byforemost, historical cartographic artist BLAISE DOMINO. The time frame of thismap takes place during the time of Capt. James Cook's rediscovery of Hawai'i.Kaua'i is unique in many ways. Not only is it the oldest of the Hawaiian Island chain,and the first peopled, it is also the home of Wai'ale'ale (rippling water) wettest placeon the planet raining approximately 466 in. per year. English explorer Capt. JamesCook first landed in Hawai'i at Waimea. Also, this is the only island that was neverconquered by King Kamehameha the great. He attempted invasion in 1795 and in1804 when his vast armada was decimated and turned back by a violent storm.The early inhabitants that migrated to Kaua'i 300-1200 AD were primarily from Hiva,the Marquesas and then later from Tahiti. It is the Marquesans who are thought to bethe Menehune even though they do not have this word. The Tahitian word Manahunerefers to lower social status not diminutive size and could be a pejorative towardprevious Marquesan inhabitants. The elfin myths regrettably are a Westerncontrivance.Included in this map are not only historical personalities and events but alsoecological and cultural issues and items.