Tag Archives: honoring Hawaiian culture

On foot around the Big Island in four days – Aha Pule ‘Aina Holo

It’s been more than two weeks since the Aha Pule ‘Aina Holo (a prayer moving throughout the land). If you didn’t hear about it in time to participate, don’t worry. Lanakila Mangauil will organize this run around the whole island again … Continue reading

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My Hawaiian culture class is pau

It’s Monday afternoon. I feel strangely “unbusy.” My Hawaiian Culture Class, the activity that consumed me for the last 12 weeks, is pau (finished). The graduation ceremony, the ho‘ike, was such a rush. Four chants, five hulas, friends and family in … Continue reading

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Early morning pule starts the Aha Pule ‘Aina Holo

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:15 am. Honoka‘a Park. Silence and darkness. The waning crescent moon hung brightly in the east, points up. Luminous stars shone bright against the black Hawaiian sky, and we took time to appreciate the early morning … Continue reading

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Makahiki – a new twist on an old tradition

We are coming into the Makahiki season, an ancient Hawaiian celebration of the harvest. Officially begun on the new moon after the Seven Sisters (the Pleiades) became visible on the horizon, it lasted four lunar months. The people celebrated because … Continue reading

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Prepping for our ho‘ike – no time to let my J droop

Julia: “Look! There’s some kukui leaves!” Me: “Nope; not unfettered.” Julia: “Oh pooh. Let your J droop a little.” Julia and I were on the hunt for kukui leaves. Because of its many uses, the kukui was named the State … Continue reading

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No longer just cultural anthropology

Someone asked me if my recent blog posts about Pele (Honoring Pele) and Laka (Saving Hawaiian Traditions) go against Christianity’s teachings of worshipping only one God. The question surprised me into a self-dialog that left me with a satisfactory answer. … Continue reading

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Honoring Pele

My Hawaiian Culture Class took a second field trip, this time to the mother of all Parks – Volcanoes National Park. In this case “mother” refers to Pele, birthing new land. Halema’uma’u Crater in the Kilauea Caldera is traditionally known … Continue reading

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Saving Hawaiian traditions – Kalopa State Park

On the Big Island, they say that new-comers either “get” the island, or Pele chews them up and spits them back to the mainland. Lots of new residents pack up and leave because they don’t understand this environment. I have … Continue reading

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Scheurell does the hula

When you think of Scheurell, do you imagine hula? No, me neither, until now. Because this weekend, I danced two hulas on stage at the Honoka‘a People’s Theatre. No one was more surprised than me… The theatre raised the $60,000 … Continue reading

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A testosterone event: Hawaiian Falsetto Contest

Julia and I went to a Hawaiian Falsetto Contest this weekend that celebrated the Hawaiian tradition of men singing in that high range an octave above normal. This was part of the month-long series of festivities known as Hawaii Island … Continue reading

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