|Kapu sign in Paia, a rare sight.|
Kapu signs used to be commonplace when I was growing up on Oahu. I'd see kapu signs along driveways, on fence posts, on forbidden wooded areas. Kapu is Hawaiian for "forbidden, keep out, no trespassing." Nowadays, true kapu signs are far and few between. Handwritten kapu signs have been replaced by storebought mainland-ese signs that say "Keep Out" or "No Trespassing." Maybe no one knows what kapu means anymore.
I searched around to find examples of kapu signs on Maui. I found one in Paia, and another in Wailuku.
|Handpainted Kapu sign in big letters.|
|A more vehement and official looking kapu sign.|
This particular kapu sign refers to the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, which deserves its own post.