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Eight Seas

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Eight Seas
Mackenzie Miller finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu after swimming across the Kaiwi Channel between Moloka'i and O'ahu

noun - Eight Seas or Nā Kai ‘Ewalu are a poetic reference to the channels that link the major Hawaiian islands together. These include the following:

1. 26-mile (41.8 km) Kaiwi Channel, meaning "the bone", between Moloka'i and O'ahu
2. 8.8-mile (14.16 km) Au'au Channel, meaning "bathe", between Maui and Lāna'i
3. 9.3-mile (14.96 km) Kalohi Channel, meaning "the slowness", between Lāna'i and Moloka'i
4. 7-mile (11.26 km) Alalākeiki Channel, meaning "child's wail" between Maui and Kaho'olawe
5. 8.4-mile (13.67 km) Pailolo Channel, meaning "pai (lift), oloolo (shifting), between Maui and Moloka'i
6. 17-mile (27.35 km) Kaulakahi Channel, meaning "the single flame" between the islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau
7. 17-mile (27.3 km) Kealaikahiki Channel, meaning "the way to foreign lands", between Kaho'olawe and Lāna'i
8. 32-mile (48.2 km) Alenuihāhā Channel, meaning "great billows smashing", between Hawai'i and Maui
9. 72-mile (115.8 km) Ka'ie'iewaho Channel or the Kaua'i Channel, meaning "outer ka'ie'ie" named after a vine between O'ahu and Kaua'i)

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