A Reflection for the last day of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Month Hānau ʻia ka pua o ke kai, ʻo Kanaloa Ke keiki iʻa a Papa, a Haumea, a Hina Born is the flower of the ocean – Kanaloa The fish child of [the female deities] Papa, Haumea, and Hina From Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanaheleʻs oli “He Mele Pana no Kahoʻolawe” When I was a young girl, my dad, a retired Chief Petty Officer used to tell me about the Hawaiian island that was used for target practice: Kahoʻolawe. My childʻs mind tried to understand the value of killing an island. The absurdity … Continue reading Kahoʻolawe:

Finally, My Ship Has Come In

Hokulea in NY shot by Na’Alehu Anthony, Oiwi TV

Finally, my ship has come in. Well, not a ship exactly. A wa’a. A wa’a kaulua. A Hawaiian ocean-going canoe. Her name is derived from a celestial light, Arcturis, which Hawaiians call Hokule’a, the Star of Gladness. When a Hawaiian voyager sees this star, she knows she is almost home, and as we all learned from Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like home. Continue reading “Finally, My Ship Has Come In”