Cultural Tour Rich in Mo‘olelo of the Kaneohe-he’eia Ahupua’a Delights HHF Members!
On Saturday, October 24, twenty-two people took part in a specially arranged “HHF members only” cultural tour hosted by Mahealani Cypher and Rocky Kaluhiwa of the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club. The walk/drive event offered numerous examples of Wahi Pana or “storied places”, a recurring theme throughout 2015. This docent-led cultural tour of the Kāne‘ohe-He‘eia ahupua‘a is one of many offered by the Civic Club as part of their cultural awareness program with the goal being to educate people about the history, heritage and culture of the Hawaiian people.
The day was bright, the mountains green from recent rain and the mo‘olelo and personal antidotes shared at each site fascinating. Our tour headsets on loan from our friends at Pacific Islands Institute (PII) were amazing and helped the group stay cohesive and informed at each stop.
The 3 hour tour included 5 stops:
Pu‘uwaniania Heiau on Pali Highway;
Nu‘uanu Pali lookout;
St. Ann’s Cemetery.
A delicious lunch of local fare catered by chef Davina Day of Gourmet Day capped the extraordinary day in Kāne‘ohe. Mahalo to our docents, Ko‘olaupoko members Mahealani and Rocky, for sharing the history, to Rocky and HHF Board Member Rick Houck for driving the rental vans and to PII for sharing their technology!
Enjoy some pictures from our tour below!