Each year, the entire Partners In Development Foundation staff gathers for Holomua. This year’s program was held at UH West Oʻahu and the cultural delivery focused on the ʻEwa Moku. Holomua is always a special event because it brings staff from different programs, locations and neighboring islands closer together.
The foundation’s Hawaiian Culture Team, Hui Nohona, organized the in-service with lecture sessions from guest presenters Michael Kumukauoha Lee who talked about the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between meeting the needs of the growing population and protecting the delicate ecosystems that make ʻEwa unique; and Shad Kāne who talked about the symbolism and importance of the kāhili and how it relates to governance. See related links column for more info.
To wrap up the day, the staff participated in making their very own Kahili pa`alima, which is a smaller hand held version of the towering traditional and formal kāhili.