The Land Belongs to the Sea
By Jan Becket
In 1773, at the age of 15, Kahahana, a descendant of Kuali‘i, was chosen by the O‘ahu moku chiefs to become Ali‘i Nui. A few years later, Kahahana ordered the slaying of his own Kahuna Nui, Ka‘opulupulu, along with Ka‘opulupulu’s son, Kahulupe. Continue reading
It is not hard to miss all the kiawe trees located in Kalaeloa Heritage Park as you drive along Coral Sea Road in Kalaeloa. Especially our 100 year old signature kiawe which will eventually be the focal point of our Visitor’s Center. The origin story of the kiawe tree in Hawaii is the story of a Catholic priest by the name of Father Alexis Bachelot who was amongst the first Catholic priests to come to Hawaii around the 1820s. Continue reading
Several months ago I had the wonderful experience of meeting Elisapeta Alaimaleata, Founder and Executive Director of the Le Fetuao Samoan Language School. The school is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is a community-based service program designed to provide young Samoan children with an opportunity to learn their heritage, language and culture utilizing interactive, hands-on, and culturally relevant strategies. They have established partnerships with the University of Hawai‘i Samoan Language and Culture Program, churches and local businesses. These community based partnerships are a part of the planning and implementing of the mission and vision of the school. The school is operated by community members, parents, and volunteers. Continue reading
For several years now the Kalaeloa Heritage Park (KHP) has been helping a number of Leeward District and island wide high schools with their school luau fundraisers. It has become more of a partnership rather than casual help due to its mutual benefit. A major effort in the building of the KHP is the clearing of kiawe trees. Kiawe trees have been the major culprit in the disturbance and damage to cultural sites in the park. Continue reading
The Kalaeloa Heritage Park is not just a place of cultural and historic preservation but a place of cultural practices. Amongst those practitioners are Kauhale builders, where one learns how to build a traditional kauhale by using traditional lashing methods. There are Kakau practitioners or cultural tattoo practitioners, feather gatherers or Kahili practitioners where birds are flown to us from Midway Atoll. Considering the amount of wild populations of native plants, including those planted by visiting students, the Kalaeloa Heritage Park is a place of La’au Lapa’au or gatherers of medicinal plants. I am speaking of Kumu Moira “Ipo” Maeda-Nakamine and her haumana.