Woman apologizes for Lake Waiau rock-throwing incident

  • An image from a woman's social media account shows a rock being thrown into Lake Waiau on Maunakea.

  • DLNR courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today Lake Waiau, situated in Puuwaiau cinder cone more than 13,000 feet above sea-level on Maunakea, is culturally significant. According Hawaiian mythology, three deities (goddesses) inhabited the area: Lilinoe, the goddess of the mist; Poliahu, the goddess of the snow; and Waiau who is said to live near and bathe in Lake Waiau.

A woman apologized Tuesday evening for posting photos and video earlier this month of large rocks being thrown into Lake Waiau atop Maunakea after her actions caught the attention of conservation managers and law enforcement.