E nānā i ka mahina i kēia pō!
As our waters are collectively pulled at the time of the full moon, the `Ohana walks the path of Lono in procession to close our Makahiki Ceremonies on Kaho’olawe. Our ohana members commence in these ceremonies to aid Lono in his journey back to the South such that his work can continue to bless our Polynesian cousins on their ‘Aina.
Representatives of the `Ohana from across the State are representing our people as Makahiki practitioners on Kaho’olawe. The ceremonies endure dedication, focus and symbiotic relationships between our people, our traditions, our land and all of its associated elements.
We are grateful to all who are physically on island to carry out this most honorable kuleana. Ho’okupu and participants from across state represent all of us and as such all of us are connected. Those who are unable to physically be there can also participate right from your own ‘Aina. We do this by sending our focus and mana to support them thorought; our thoughts, pule; individual connections with our greater environment, and exude aloha during this special time and through our daily lives.
Keep the focus, exude aloha
Tonight Puhipau and Joan Lander showed three short films documenting the early days of the Protect Kaho‘olawe Association cum ‘Ohana. Recently digitized and remastered, these films feature clips of Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Āina concerts, rallies, protests, testimonies and classic George Helm falsetto.
You can find one, Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Āina: George Helm, on the Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina website right now. The others will be posted soon, as will individual interviews captured by Puhipau and Joan. Interviews with Noa Emmett Aluli, Ian Lind, Joyce Kainoa, Haunani-Kay Trask, Colette Machado, Puanani Burgess, Aunty Mae Helm, Harry Kūnihi Mitchell, Aunty Clara Kū, Jon Osorio and more.
And you will recognize some of the original footage seen in the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana-produced film Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Āina.
Mahalo to Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies for hosting thisDeep Waters film series, and to Pacific Islanders in Communications and others for sponsoring tonight’s program featuring the early works of Joan Lander and Puhipau. Mahalo to Hawai‘i Peoples Fund for supporting the remastering of this priceless footage.
Puhipau & Joan..as always, mahalo piha for all you do to document our movements.