As the early morning winds, rain and howling of the breezes through the iron wood tree’s sounded a skin tingling call for a select few, to join in on the official opening ceremonies of Makahiki O Waimanalo 2012, one could almost hear the voices of our Kupuna, beckoning to the gathering supporters of the ancient art and practice of the Makahiki.
The Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimanalo takes great pride in building an annual collaborative of individuals, families, schools, organizations, city, state and military supporters, who help foster and present this annual and growing event, known as the Waimanalo Makahiki. This Saturday, the 17th of November the Civic Club hosted its 3rd annual Makahiki at the Bellow Beach Park. A wonderful event and opportunity to gather with family, friends and neighbors as our native past becomes the teacher of the present. Go to our links column and click on Waimanalo Makahiki Photo’s, for an awesome photo series by the Star Advertiser.
We offer special Mahalo to The Royal Order of Kamehameha, Kumu Shad Kane and Na Koa, Hoolua, Na Pono No Na Ohana, Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, City & County Parks Department, Bellows Air Force Station, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Waimanalo Youth & FAmily Collaborative, the Makahiki planning committee who put seemingly endless hours of work into this years event. Additional mahalo to the Mahoe ‘Ohana for their special brand of Aloha for our Makahiki and the community of Waimanalo. Finally we wish to thank the many people of our communities, who supported this years Makahiki by their attendance.
Are we really homeless because we are living on the beach, on the sidewalk, in a vacant room or in a garage? Today we are asking ourselves a new set of questions, that challenge the very nature and structure of any neighborhood, community or culture. A small group of the curious joined in a special forum in the Blanche Pope Elementary school library on October 19, 2012 to discuss some of the challenges facing the native Hawaiian, in our community of Waimanalo. In a series of discussions we hope to structure those questions that most apply to our community, in terms of how the individual Hawaiian feels about their sense of place and placement.
More specifically, about place and placement. If I, as a native Hawaiian find myself living in a home with multiple families, and social interactions, how is my sense of individual health and wellness impacted. If I am in a place where personal or familial development is based on small group (mother & father with children) interactions, then our choices and decisions will be guided by our immediate surroundings, be they positive or negative. This is my sense of place, good or bad.
Should I be placed in an environment (Placement) that immediately intervenes or undermines my personal understanding of familial growth, management, health and wellness, then my sense of placement is adversely impacted. With these two social and cultural elements out of synchronization or balance, our social, economic, educational, cultural, and philosophical wellness can begin to fracture. As this process begins to occurr, a long term effect on familial growth begins to take place. Our communities are burdened with multiple family occupied dwellings, out of necessity. It is this fragile second, third and maybe fourth inner city development, that threatens the very fiber of the native Hawaiian future. Housing is not necessarily the answer. Therefore, we hope that our small group of native Hawaiian’s can begin to collaborate in this voyage of discovery.
If you wish to join us in these discussions, as we focus on our Waimanalo community, as the model, to build on the concerns or richness of our native Hawaiian, then please feel free to contact us: Anakala Roy firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 808-699-5888.
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Author: Anakala Roy
We would like to extend an invitation to all who wish to spend the weekend at Bellows Beach Park, to witness the 3rd annual Waimanalo Makahiki. Click on camping link to reserve your spot. This year the Makahiki will be held on one (1) day only, November 17, 2012 Saturday. Spectators are welcomed, Lunch will be served to competitors only. E Komo Mai na hoaloha. If you wish to join us as a competitor, please click on Makahiki @ this website, and download all forms. If you are a vendor or practitioner please contact our committee for more details.
Lono arrives by canoe at Joint Base Pearl Harbor
The tradition lives on in ways never before imagined, as the Royal Order of Kamehameha presides over the annual Joint Base Pearl Harbor Makahiki. Mahalo to ‘Ohana photogrtapher Craig Gorsuch for submitting these snaps of the event, held this morning. Our civic clubs are in support of all activities that offer native Hawaiian enrichment, as we now plan for the Waimanalo Makahiki 2012.
Our Waimanalo keiki from Blanche Pope Elementary school took part in ‘Malama Kahakai”, a native plant restoration project on the Bellows AFS coastline. With Major William Cambron, commander of Bellow AFS presiding over the ceremonies, it was clear that our keiki came to fulfill the dreams of their Kupuna.. The 4th, 5th and 6th graders of Blanche Pope took great pride in realizing those dreams as they replanted native Hawaiian plants, that had long since perished, due to the introduction of many invasive species of plant life. The role of our Keiki, in how we reclaim much of our ancestral lands, is really dependent on how they are able to continue to plant and nurture what they have sown into the aina. Today, in my eyes, it was clear that our Keiki have been freed from the ‘chains of claim’, and are now focused on how our land and its people heal. Replanting is the beginning. The growth of each plant can be measured by the efforts of each child, as they find no fault in their pursuit of cultural and historical justice, with the sowing of each seedling. How wonderful it was, to watch these Keiki toil in the early morning sun, with no other thought in mind than “lets make this day pono for all who have gathered here.
As soon as they become available, pics of this event will be posted on this website, as well as our www.hoolua.org website to celebrate this “Malama Kahakai 2012”
Once the work was completed and over 1000 new plants had been sown into the earth, the students quickly hiked over to yet another parcel of land, where the next project was being planned. By 11:30 am everyone returned to the pavillion, finished off a Subway sandwich treat, and loaded the bus, for the return trip to Blanche Pope Elementary school. Please stay in touch with this site, or www.hoolua.org as we plan to upload pic’s of this event, as soon as they become available.
Mahalo Ke Akua for such a beautiful day and moon, which allowed for a successful planting cycle. We would like to thank the University of Hawaii, school of environmental studies, for their support and kokua in this effort. Mahalo Ke Akua
We will be uploading pic’s of this event as soon as they become available.