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Ka Mana’o o Na ‘Opio

Ho'olei lakou ka 'upena I ke kai 'emi a ho'omaka e kahea i na i'a mai ke kai hohonu. Ma hope iho, piha ka 'upena I na i'a! He hana kapu a kuikawa keia a makemake au e ho'ola hou I keia hana.

I want to bring back the art of kahea. I heard stories from my kupuna about when they were young and how their kupuna would take them fishing. They would lay the net in knee-deep water and then begin to kahea, or "call-out." Moments later the net would be filled with fish! This is a sacred and special practice that I would like to see be brought back.

 

Puanahele Kawamae, 15

Makemake wau e `ike i ka ho`i `ana mai o ka la`au lapa`au. No ka mea he waiwai a na’auao ia ma na `ano a pau.

I would bring back the Hawaiian healing arts, because Western medicine is toxic, poison, and bad for our people’s health. Our people used different parts of plants to make different medicines. This Hawaiian healing has a lot to do with `olelo and appreciation of the land. Healing plays an important part to Hawaiians and can help all.

I was able to speak with Aunty Snookie, Mo`omomi Acasio’s mother, and she was able to pass on his mana`o from 2003. Mo`o made a laulima ki`i (drawing) that represents the Hawaiian tradition of cooperation and togetherness.

Mo`omomi Acasio as told by his mother, Aunty Snookie;

I ko'u mana'o, 'o ka laulima ka mea e ho'iho'i mai ai. I ka hana o na lima a pau i ho'okahi kumuhana, e malamalama ka po'e he nui i keia kukui ikaika. Mai ka piko e pa mai ana ma na wahi a pau, 'aohe wahi e pa 'ole ai. Pa mai ia kakou pakahi a pau. Mai laila mai ka mana o ia mea he laulima.

As many hands work together for a common cause, the light of pono will touch many. The light shines from the center to all reaches, and as it touches each one of us, so does the energy of cooperation.

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