An update from our Huakaʻi i Kanaloa-Kahoʻolawe participants from the month of August 2019.
We wanted to report back on our manaful August huakaʻi with UH Hilo/HawCC and Waimanalo Limu Hui - such a great exchange of knowledge, laughter, and connections made.
Kanaloa was happening! Iwa were everywhere! Good amount of iʻa too. The first iʻa caught was returned to Kanaloa. The Poʻo and Hiʻu of our largest ʻōmilu were placed on the kūʻula ʻAiʻai and the upright pōhaku below the traditional Hale Mua respectively. J-Boy made sure that we (Koi and Kalama) took care of this kuleana.
Mist covered the hike from beginning of planting area to Moa Ula Nui. Hikers were cooled by the clouds
ʻAha at our Rain Koʻa Naulu were manaful! Hoʻokupu ʻAwa were presented along with our Pule ʻAwa and Hula - Ke Welina: kipa ʻia ke kapa ka noe - visited by a veil of mist. As these hoʻokupu were offered to Kāne, Kanaloa, and Kamohoaliʻi the kapa kanoe established the kapu space for this ʻaha focusing pule to Kahoʻolawe.
28 Wai from the Pae ʻĀina o Hawaiʻi from Ka Hoʻi Wai a Kanaloa, Waimānalo Limu Hui, and PKO were presented at the Rain Koʻa Naulu. Hahai nō ka ua i ka ululāʻau - Rain always follow the forest. 41 kanaka formed the forest and brought the wai from their ʻāina bringing water to back Kanaloa.
Puʻuhonua o Waimānalo - Limu Hui
Kahaluʻu, Kona - Malia Kīpapa
Olaʻaloa, Hawaiʻi - Kaiʻanui
Keaʻau, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Drew
Kaluaʻa/Waiʻeli, Oʻahu - Taz
Puʻu Pūʻowaina, Oʻahu - Alliya
Keaʻau, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Kaylyn
Wākiu, Hāna, Maui - Chris
ʻŌlaʻa, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Bruce
ʻŌlaʻa, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Lei
Waikahekaheiki, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Isaac
ʻŌlaʻa, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Allie
Keaʻau, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Kamalani
Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu - Tamara
ʻŌlaʻa/Keaʻau, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Lihiwai
Kaiholena, Kāwā, Kaʻū - Shari
Panaʻewa, Waiākea, Moku o Keawe - Uʻilani
Waiākea, Moku o Keawe - Kaoru
Piʻihonua, Hilo, Hawaiʻi - Mika
Kapuʻeuhi, Puna, Hawaiʻi - Koʻolani
Hulali, Kalaoa, Hawaiʻi
Waimānalo, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu (Wai Niu) - Pono Kaʻakua
Miloliʻi, Kauaʻi - ʻOhana Ho;
Kahaluʻu, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu (Ua Pōʻaihale) - Kasha and Prentice
Kahaluʻu, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu (Wai kahawai) - ʻOhana Chock
Pālolo, Kona, Oʻahu (Ua Lililehua) - ʻOhana Chock
Lilinoe - ʻOhana Chock
Waiau - Melia Kaʻakua (ʻOhana Neff)
Wai from Waimānalo came in ʻOhe. Wai from Ka Hoʻi Wai a Kanaloa came in an Ipu. Wai poured from the ipu came down in columns like the koʻiaweawe. Wai from niu was also poured by our youngest male Pono Kaʻakua and our youngest of the ʻohana, Melia Kaʻakua had the honor of presenting Wai from Waiau from Aunty Luana. This wai was in its own special Ipu, which whistled the entire ceremony.
After all wai were offered, Uilani Naipo, performed the hula ʻO Kaneokūkapao, depicting the movement of wai and called for the waters presented move to build the water table of Kanaloa, Kahoʻolawe. As the hui offered the final Oli - E Iho ana o luna, and the last Pū sounded the kapa ka noe had lifted.
At kau ka lā i ka lolo, upon Moa Ula ʻIki we were joined by our hoa from KIRC: Lyman, his ʻohana, and Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. The 2 hui that mālama Kahoʻolawe, the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana and the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission held our sacred spaces on Kahoʻolawe, Moa ʻUla ʻIki. The view from Moa Ula ʻIki was epic. Each Mokupuni and their Mauna and their clouds were prominent. Hula and ʻOli for Kanaloa were performed as well as a Siva for Moa Ula were performed.
Drawing our sacred spaces together, The hei, ʻO Wākea noho iā Papahānaumoku… taught to us by the hui Ka Hoʻi Wai a Kanaloa, was performed toward all our mauna. Standing on Moa Ula and facing Haleakalā, Kamakou, Lānaʻihale, Kaʻala, Waiʻaleʻale, Puʻuwai, Mauna Kea. The same story the same fight. The common tie that brings us all together is our connection and relationship to ʻāina and our deep aloha for it. Aloha ʻĀina brings us together.
Waiamanalo Limu Hui found 5 limu present in Hakio’awa bay: Wawahiwa’a, Hauula , Kala, Kohu and Puha. Most were found on the side banks as the interior of the bay is covered in sediment making it hard for lmu to grow there. Also found limu hauʻula floating in the shore.
Led by Dean Crowell, Waimanalo Limu Hui assisted with kitchen renovations which included new drying rack, small prep table, and a staging bench for the coffee and hot water containers. Mahalo to KIRC for providing and staging the lumber and July group for getting ball rolling.
Per July Kua suggestions added bumpers to wire rack for coolers, found them from beach clean up.
Also tried to level under the action packers under the large tables to help with taking them out - perhaps next group can troubleshoot that more
Bokashiʻd all the luas and the compost. Recommend to start to use new compost pile and continue to cover at the end of each huakai. KIRC will be checking concerns regarding lua.
Hawaii Island side catchment tank water was very green with algae growth. Treated with 1 cup clorox on Day 1, 2 additional cups clorox on Day 2: saw some improvement of green color (photos for reference).
Because of algae growth, we connected the filter to the Lanai side catchment tank. Water filter that was used (new) in July was producing bright green water (that came into the filter clear). Switched it out for a new filter. It started out fine, but decreased water flow through the filter throughout the day, and by Day 2 was only dripping. Conducted some troubleshooting of the water filter and got it to function again, but still slowly (~30 mins to fill one water jug). We took the water filter off island for Kelvin Ho to troubleshoot. Recommend installing a pre-filter screen/hose filter to prevent sediment buildup in the filter.
Added Y splitter to Lanai side for option to use catchment for both filter and washing dishes.
Photo: Morning of Departure, picture of water from catchment
JBoy, Josh, Kasha, Kalama, and Pearl
The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana stands for the perpetuation of Aloha ʻĀina throughout our islands and we honor Mauna A Wākea, Haleakalā and all sacred places throughout Ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina as well as throughout the Hōnua. The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana strongly opposes the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna A Wākea and stands as one in lōkahi with our Kiaʻi Mauna in the protection of Mauna Kea from further desecration.
On Pō‘aono, 10 ‘Aukake 2019, a contingent of Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana (‘Ohana) representatives along with a multitude of those that have participated on an ‘Ohana huaka‘i to Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe solidified our commitment to stand in solidarity with our Kia‘i Mauna for the protection of Mauna A Wākea (Mauna Kea).
At the presentation of protocol during the Kau Ka Lā I Ka Lolo/ Awakea gathering, ‘Ohana presented oli and ho‘okupu of lei limu kala, wai from various places around our pae ‘āina, pa‘akai, and ‘awa. Senior Kua Craig Neff and Dr. Emmett Aluli spoke on behalf of the ‘Ohana, assuring and solidifying the ‘Ohana’s commitment to Aloha ‘Āina and honoring the sacrifices made by George Helm, Kimo Mitchell, and Aloha ‘Āina warriors that came before us. Both spoke of the parallels that the Kaho‘olawe movement and the Mauna a Wākea movement share.
The presentation was concluded with a beautiful rendition of Mele O Kaho‘olawe, sung by all present and accompanied instrumentally by Pō and the 4 Fathers. The song was also danced to by Aunty Davianna McGregor, Aunty Loretta Ritte, and Anuhea Borengasser. With the presentation of this mele, we also honor Kupuna Harry Kunihi Mitchell, whose ‘ike guided the ‘Ohana during its foundational years and the efforts to cease military use of the island.
Throughout the time that the ‘Ohana stayed at Pu‘uhuluhulu, we were honored by the presence of Lilinoe, who embraced us in her cool mist, as well as Kāne and Lono, whose clouds and light rain provided shade and blessings, even providing a kīpuka of clear weather after a morning of showers.
At the same time, our ‘Ohana participating on a huaka‘i to Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe presented ho‘okupu at our ‘ahu on Moa‘ula Iki and Moa‘ula Nui to align intentions and hold space with those present at Pu‘uhuluhulu. The ‘Ohana on Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe presented wai from Waiau, lei, oli, and hula. ‘Ohana were surrounded by the Nāulu clouds, that “enclosed the area like a dome, [allowing only a] glimmer of light to shine through [while ho‘okupu were being presented.] At the end of the ceremony, Nāulu lifted.”
As we reflect on the time that we spent at Pu‘uhuluhulu and on Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe, we offer our aloha to our kūpuna on the front lines as well as those that have solidified their space and intentions on Mauna A Wākea since day one. We honor those that came before us that have laid the foundation in the movement for Aloha ‘Āina.
I mua nā pua, lanakila Kahoʻolawe. I mua nā pua, lanakila Maunakea. I mua nā pua, lanakila ka lāhui.