Ho‘ōla 2019


Mahalo piha no ke kako’o ‘ana HOʻŌLA 2019 a ke Kula ʻAlo Kēhau o Ka ʻĀina Mauna

Hānauna Ola tribute in honor of our ʻOhana Waʻa.

What is Hānauna Ola?

Hānauna Ola | Sustaining the Generations through Voyaging

Hānauna : Generation; relative whose relationship was established several generations previously; ancestry, birth.

Ola : Life, health, well-being


‘Ōlelo Noʻeau

He Waʻa, He Moku – He Moku, He Waʻa

A Canoe is an Island – An Island is a Canoe

Sonny Keakealani • Paniolo

Sonny Keakealani was inducted into the Paniolo Hall of Fame in 2005. Born and raised on Hawaiʻi island with genealogical ties dating back many generations. Papa Sonny will share about the relationship between the paniolo and the ʻohana waʻa. Papa Sonnyʻs father, Robert Lopaka Keakealani Sr., played an important role in the early days of Makaliʻiʻs history. Papa Sonny will also share the Hawaiian words for the different parts of the saddle and the waʻa, which, not surprisingly have many similarities.


Kawehilani Kahanaoi • Pilina Kaula

Kawehi Kahanaoi of Keaukaha is a Hawaiian practitioner of cordage and has great reverence for the kupuna plants which, when taken care of and prepared with intention, are woven into beautiful cords for many uses including for lashing on the waʻa. Kawehi will share examples of the many cords which can be created with Hawaiian plants. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to twist cordage using the maiʻa (banana) plant.

Ka’iulani Murphy • Star Compass

Ka’iulani Murphy, of Waimea will share her insight to the ancestral knowledge shared by Papa Mau Pialiug with Hawaiʻiʻs Voyaging ʻOhana. Nainoa Thompson developed the Hawaiian Star Compass, a “foundational framework behind the master art of wayfinding”. This framework not only incorporates knowledge of the stars, but also the sun, wind, waves, and much more. Shorty Bertelmann, Chadd Paishon and Nainoa Thompson were among 16 of Hawaiʻiʻs voyagers who were recognized by Papa Mau as Pwo – Master Navigators. Following the vision of Papa Mau they continue to pass along this knowledge. Kaʻiulani Murphy, a Hōkūleʻa navigator, will share a brief introduction to this tool and her knowledge and experience of this “mental construct for navigation”