Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana rededicates itself to Kaho‘olawe
(Kānewai, O‘ahu). The Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana (‘Ohana) will host All Our Aloha in One Kānoa on Sunday, September 25 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘o Kānewai at 2645 Dole Street. The event, which is free and open to the public, and welcomes families, wraps up a year of islandswide activities marking the 20th anniversary since the bombing of Kaho‘olawe was stopped, The ‘Ohana invites the community to join in the rededication of promoting Aloha ‘Āina throughout the islands. Activities include talk story panels, music, food and other activities. The ‘Ohana will be serving ‘awa from the kānoa (‘awa bowl) that has been traveling across the Hawaiian Islands for the past year inviting community to rededicate themselves to Kanaloa Kaho‘olawe and continued efforts for its restoration.
Three unique kūkākūkā sessions will bring in members of the community to connect to Kaho‘olawe:
11 – 12 PM. MAKAHIKI. Makahiki practitioners from various O‘ahu communities will share their experiences around the revival of Makahiki on Kaho‘olawe and how they’ve connected those practices to their own wahi kapu (sacred places).
1 – 2 PM. I MUA NĀ PUA. Young people will share what the island has meant to them as students and family members through poems, songs, oli, or their personal stories.
3 – 4 PM. EA. Activists and proponents of Hawaiian sovereignty and restoration will describe their visions of how Kanaloa Kaho‘olawe fits into a Hawaiian entity.
Live music will be featured between sessions, including music by the Hakioawa Serenaders, Steve Ma‘i‘i, Jon Osorio, Ernie Cruz, Jr., and Kupa‘āina.
The lo‘i at Kānewai was re-established by UH Hawaiian language and culture students who were also members of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana. Kūpuna who guided the activities on Kaho‘olawe also helped young people to re-open the lo‘i kalo. The histories of the two communities are interconnected.
Ono food, familiar to those who have accessed Hakioawa with the ‘Ohana, will be available for donation. All proceeds from the day will support the mission of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana.
Formed in 1976, the vision of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana is Aloha ‘Āina.
Its mission is to promote Aloha ‘Āina throughout the islands through cultural, educational and spiritual activities that heal and revitalize the cultural and natural resources on Kaho‘olawe.