Join the Ka‘ūpūlehu biocultural hui.
FOREST RESTORATION POSITION OPEN
Ancient lands of Ka‘ūpūlehu. Many have walked here before. A homeland and place to beloved relatives of sea, air and land that came before kanaka—humans.
Wahi pana with stories to tell. Can we hear?
Pilina Puuhonua—Joining calm Place of refuge
insert video of ho‘omālie in the hui area —Revisiting A Peaceful Place
In The Forest
Words as they are used here
Ho‘ola Ka Makana‘ā = Healing the place budding out of the a‘a lava
kumu = teacher
kumulā‘au = tree
lā‘au = healing plants, minerals, food and other medicinals of nature;
2) plants, trees, wood
mālie = calm, tranquil, serene
wahi pana = sacred and storied places
Put one of these on each page
Can Plants Hear? Plants Remembering.
The Air That Carries Our Voices
Ku‘ulei Keakealani shares a poem borne in place.
Taken at the mid uplands of Hualālai Ranch above Ka‘ūpūlehu. July 2018.
Everybody is different. So too is land.
Letʻs return to the place Of Knowing. Letʻs not forget.
Know Your Stories, know your History. So you can know yourself.
Ku‘ulei Keakealani speaks of her ancestral lands of Ka‘ūpūlehu. Kaulupūlehu. Her kuleana is foremost to ‘ohana which includes place and family—and the keeper of mo‘olelo wahi pana. That extended kuleana into the community and larger world includes being an educator and director of the program Kapilina Poina ‘Ole—Unsevered Connections.
Meet And Visit Ka‘ūpūlehu. A beloved native forest.
2020 Introduction and virtual visit to the forest the year of Covid and 2017, learning from place and the forest hui. Still, the forest flourishes and native birdsong rings sweetly through the forest. So does the cackling of non-native Francolins bringing laughter at times and action when they dust too closely to young seedlings. Aunty Yvonne shares.
Remember the Lorax?
Wilds introduces wondrous plants that long predates the Lorax.
Only 5% of this kind of Hawai‘i tropical dryland forest remains. So many young ones have brought mālama (dedicated care) to this ancient sliver that flourishes again.
Learning from place 2017. Meet some plants cared for by Aloha ‘Āina restoration director and site manager Wilds, and tech Kekaulike Tomich with the Ka‘ūpūlehu hui. Mahalo to haumana of Kaiapuni ʻo Waiau visiting from Oahu for bringing joy and olelo to the forest. Aloha to their teachers and Hawai’i island grown kumu Iwalani Benton Foster.
Wai o Kane.
Welcome to the time of Kumukeakalani at Kahuwai.
Sharing by Ku‘ulei Keakealani.
An enduring naming story of Ka‘ūpūlehu. And the comfort of telling and feeling of those who walked here before.
Ku’ulei Keakealani shares a mo‘olelo (story) of place that instructs, honors and gives thanks to ancestors who provided the pathways of succession. It is one of several naming stories and teaches us much of place and possibilities, much as it did for her as a child and her long line of ancestors before her.
Forest Never Forgets
Anakala Keoki Carter who has walked and worked the ‘āina of Ka‘ūpūlehu where his ancestors are entwined, shares briefly why he has just asked haumana (students) to voice their names to this ancient forest where many have walked before. (Edit)
Kuleana & Spirit Makes a Difference
A Special Relationship to Place—The Kauhaihao-Nobriga Ohana
Brian Kiyabu during a special time of honoring and sharing the legacy of Camille Kuulei Kauhaihao, a young wāhine who made a significant difference in her short life. The annual tribute by the Kauhaihao-Nobriga Ohana in the Hui Area before their day of working in the spirit of Kuulei (Camille). Camille and Laakea as 12 year olds helped plant Hauheleula seedlings in 2001 and today, 20 years later, those plants provide a new generation of seeds and keiki. Video by KAC, 04/12/2013.
Ho‘ola Ka Makana‘ā Vision Statement
Aloha ‘Āina. Aloha Ka‘ūpūlehu. Aloha Wao Lama.
Far into the future,
people will feel connected
and committed to perpetuating
a functioning native landscape,
its genealogical stories and multiple truths,
and treating each other with kindness and respect.
Ka‘ūpūlehu will be a healthy landscape of plenty,
alive with native plants, bird song
and history that will be tended and cherished by many.
Kuleana, 2015 by land plan hui: Lehua Alapai, Education Programs Reporting & Ho‘ōla Ka Makana‘ā Coordinator; Wilds Pihanui Brawner, Aloha ‘Āina Restoration Site Manager; Mililani Browning, KS Natural Resources Manager; Keoki Apokolani Carter, Ho‘ohele & Mea Lā‘au Director; Yvonne Yarber Carter, Education Programs Coordinator ; and Ho‘ōla Ka Makana‘ā Director; Ku‘ulei Keakealani, Ka Pilina Poina ‘Ole Director; Heather Simmons, HFIA Executive Director; Peter Simmons, HFIA Director; Nāmaka Whitehead, Kamehameha Schools Ecologist.
(Yet to upload) Video of Hannah Kihalani Springer of these lands. She and her husband Mike Tomich are instrumental in propagating and growing a rebirth of awareness and caring for the native family of rare tropical dryland forest of Kekaha.
also to be added…video of Malani about spirit of place and keiki around 2004 start of Hoolauna
A song Composed for Ka‘ūpūlehu
Many are inspired by the lands of Ka‘ūpūlehu. As was Lihau Hannahs Paik who interned at the forest in 2003 with Brian Kiyabu. In 2012, Lihau and husband Kellen Paik composed a beautiful tribute to these lands for the 92nd Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest. The preshow program, “Vibrant People, Vibrant Lands” featured several sites with mālama ‘āina programs, including Ka‘ūpūlehu and several other ‘Āina Ulu outdoor learning sites including Waipā, and Heeia fishpond. That show can be viewed below.
He Aloha Ka‘ūpūlehu
Hoehoene ka makani ‘Eka a‘o Kona
Māpuna leo heahea o nā kūpuna
Hō‘olu i ka ‘āina punahele o Kekaha
Hahani mai ana i ku‘u nui kino
Hanohano Hualālai pi‘ina i ka lewa
‘A‘ahu Kūpa‘a mau i ka uhiwai
Waiwai nō ke kumu o ka wai ola
Ho‘ōlale i ka maka ‘ana i ka ‘a‘ā
Ohaoha i ka weo o ka ulu Lehua
Māhuahua a‘e i ka hāli‘i a Pele
Lehiwa ‘o Hainoa, kau i ka nu‘u
‘Uhola nō ia i kea no o nā lani
The ‘Eka wind of Kona sings softly
The calling voice of the ancestors
Cooling the choice lands of Kekaha
Gently caressing my being
Ever beloved Is Ka‘ūpūlehu
Tra la la, tra la la
Magnificent is Hualālai climbing towards the heavens
Ever adorned in heavy mist
Valuable indeed, is the source of the water of life
Encouraging the budding in the lava
Delighted by the red blush of the lehua groves
Flourishing up through Pele’s coverlet
Hainoa is admired, there at the summit
Open only to the sacredness of the heavens
Mele by Lihau & Kellen Paik composed for Ka‘ūpūlehu and the 2012 Kamehameha Schools Song Contest for Papa 11— the winning class.
Arranged by Aaron J. Salā
Eighteen minutes into the video begins a two-minute clip on Ka‘ūpūlehu at Hainoa with Lihau and Kellen and then to to the forest at Ho‘ola Ka Makana‘ā with Uncle Keoki Carter, Aunty Yvonne and Wilds Pihanui Brawner.
video of Lehua and Wilds doing mural in forest with haumana and link to activity matching numbers with plants (see one YY did for other site)
add video in forest of students doing / resonating this song with Anakala Keoki Carter
Look around, you think you know
Try to tell the forest how to grow.
Sheʻll (Theyʻll) be around, when many have passed
Hear her (them) whisper, slow down,
you moving too fast.
The Forest will remember, people wonʻt
She (Theyʻve) seen through millennium
The Dos and the Donʻts.
Talk about “Tree Time”, for hundreds of years
If people could hear, or feel her Tears.
Forest will share, with those who will listen
Feel her Spirit, sit down,
feel what youʻre missing!
*UWĒ NOHOʻI, UWĒ NOHOʻI (voiced at intervals)
by Keoki Apokolani Carter