Out planting native plants in the Hakalau Forest Reserve with Jack Jeffery senior wildlife biologist at the reserve.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Work has been halted at this construction site in Honolulu, Friday, May 18, 2007. Construction has been halted due to the discovery of about 50 ancient Hawaiian human remains, some of which are being excavated under the plastic tarps shown in foreground. The property will be the home of Hawaii's first Whole Foods Market, an apartment building and small shops. Numerous ancient Hawaiian burial sites have been unearthed amid an island wide building boom, sometimes spurring legal battles, costly construction delays or redesigns and bad blood with some Native Hawaiians who say burials should remain undisturbed.
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Paulette Kaleikini stands in front of a Wal-Mart superstore in Honolulu, Friday, May 18, 2007, where 64 Native Hawaiian human remains will be buried. The skeletal remains were found during construction in 2003 and 2004 and are locked up in a trailer under a parking ramp. Kaleikini, a cultural descendant of the deceased, says the remains should have never been disturbed. Numerous ancient Hawaiian burial sites have been unearthed amid an island wide building boom, often spurring legal battles, costly construction delays or redesigns and bad blood with some Native Hawaiians who say burials should remain undisturbed.
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
The Kamehameha Investment Corporation (KIC) and Hui Hoʻoniho held the Third Uhau Humu Pōhaku (Hawaiian dry stack masonry) Conference September 12-14 in Keauhou, Kona Hawaiʻi. This conference is held to "promote and perpetuate uhau humu pōhaku" as a healthy and continuing practice in our Native Hawaiian communities.
Around 90 Native Hawaiians participated with the intent to network with each other, learn about the various efforts that are ongoing in our respective communities, and to explore our kuleana to "maintain traditiona
l stone structures and sites and to build contemporary sites for future use". The main activities attendees participated in were at Lekeleke Battlegrounds (with Mason Billy Fields, above left) and at the Kaloko Fishpond (with Mason Peter Keka). Numerous practitioners of uhau humu pōhaku attended and all participants gained a huge amount of knowledge from these practitioners.
These photos are from the work that took place at the Kaloko Fishpond.
This is the Lekeleke Burial Grounds. The year following the death of Kamehameha I in 1819 was a turbulent time for Hawaiians. The Native community was divided by the abolishment of the ʻaikapu by Liholiho (Kamehameha II) and Kamehameha I's wife Kaʻahumanu. Many Hawaiians still believed in the traditional ways, beliefs, and gods. One chief named Kekuaokalani (Liholiho's cousin), called "The Last Defender of the Hawaiian Gods" by Kalākaua and his wife Manono led their warriors to battle against the forces of Liholiho to defend the traditional ways.
Heavily armed with guns, Liholiho's warriors defeated Kekuaokalani and his warriors at this site. Their slain bodies were covered with pōhaku and to this day remain buried here at Lekeleke.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Here is a short video that speaks to what stewardship is all about. The Molokai community is rallying together to maintain its life style. Rallying to protect their way of life as practiced for centuries by our kupuna.
Click here to view a video by Matt Yamashita.