On Monday, March 9, the Parent Education class at Hale Makana O Nānākuli celebrated the conclusion of a 6-week Hawaiian Culture series facilitated by ‘Anakala Aaron Mahi. Throughout this series ‘Anakala Aaron highlighted traditions and customs of old Hawai‘i and linked them to modern day living. The knowledge of our kūpuna were incorporated as we discussed la‘au lapa‘au and ho‘oponopono.
As kūpuna shared of past experiences it was as though our class was on a huaka‘i back in time, revisiting such places like Maui‘s famous town of Hana, the beaches of Moloka‘i and the legends of Lualualei. Participants were lavished with examples of an ahupua‘a and the kapu system as kūpuna willingly shared their knowledge with those willing to listen.
During our final class kūpuna Alice Greenwood stated, “This Hawaiian Culture class edified the Hawaiian culture and gave the kūpuna a voice. Mahalo Ka Pa‘alana and mahalo PIDF.” We were honored to host the kūpuna and to receive the knowledge of ‘Anakala Aaron. Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono, “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”