The menehune are a shy group of little folk believed to come out a night and build things such as bridges and canoes, with mysterious half-finished projects out in the middle of nowhere being their handiwork.
At Aulani, there are a number of hidden Menehune figures found throughout the grounds and they are credited as being the ones who constructed the Menehune Bridge water play area. Additionally, they are the central focus of the Menehune Adventure Trail interactive scavenger hunt.
In "The Menehune Mystery", first published in Uncle Scrooge #4, Scrooge bought a Hawaiian island on which to store his money and live a comfortable life, only to find that the robots and sailors he had trusted were pirates and burglars in disguise, who steal his money and enslave him, Donald Duck, and Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck. Fortunately, the family is saved thanks to the intervention of the Menehune managing to contact the US Navy, and then building a dam to prevent the Beagle Boys escaping the island with the family and money in tow.
In one of the Lilo & Stitch comic stories printed in Disney Adventures prior to the film's release, Lilo tells a ghost story about the Menehune to frighten Mertle and her gang, complete with using a dressed up Scrump as part of a ghost prank.
In Tales from Adventureland: The Keymaster's Quest, the Menehune are described as the creators of the Enchanted Tiki Room, constructing it as a magical bird sanctuary for an intelligent breed of birds known as the Akamai.