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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Mt. Snuffleupagus

This was the first thing I wanted to see once we got to Kauai. It's called the Sleeping Giant was featured years ago on an episode of Seasame Street Goes to Hawaii.  It’s the first place to go in the search for the birth place of Snuffleupagus.
Sleeping Giant
"The Nounou Mountain ridge bears a striking resemblance to a sleeping giant. Legend states that this giant once roamed the land and was much loved by the Hawaiians. They planted taro fields in his footsteps. One day the village chief wanted a new heaiu built. The villagers were much too busy farming so the giant volunteered. It took him two weeks to complete the project and when he was done, the village had a luau for him. It is said that after eating so much at the party, the giant laid down and has not awoken yet. Other folklore states that in ancient times, the people of Kauai planned to discourage any invaders to their island by lighting fires behind the mountain. This would illuminate the figure of the giant and thus scare off any invasion forces."

The actual Mt Snuffeupagus is called Mount Ihu Papa'a Lo'ihi Nui (More info)

If you think Mt. Snuffleupagus is silly, check out part of the Christmas display in downtown Honolulu.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Corrine said...

"This was the first thing I wanted to see once we got to Kauai."

How about a picture of something the Birthday Gal particularly likes.


(P.S. All advances in malware have been placed on hold until your return. :) )

6:11 PM  
Blogger AltonPM said...

Thanks Bill, I remember that episode (wasn't it an arc?) so well and I've never been able to find anything about it!

2:07 PM  

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