Mauna a Wakea Moments

Mauna a Wakea Moments

Photo by: Rebecca Canevali

How we incorporate Hawaiian Studies into our Homeschool

Ancestral Ties...

We all have ancestral ties. Cords that connect us to times, peoples, and places that may or may not have faded from our family histories. These same cords are the ones that we can utilize in our present life. They help to connect us to our keiki, our community, and our world. But what happens when those cords become snared or cut off?  How do we continue forward or i ka ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi: “Holo i mua”?

If you’ve read my bio you know that we are a Hawaiian Ohana (family). Yes, we have ancestry from other parts of our big wide world, but we were all born and raised on Hawaiian land, therefore we identify strongly with the roots and culture of our land. 

See you on the Mauna...

Since July of this year (2019) I have been taking my girls up to Mauna Kea and the Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu-University to learn and take part in our Hawaiian culture through classes and traditional protocol. I try my best to make it up to the Mauna at least once a month and to make sure we take part in the events that are taking place. As a Hawaiian Nation we have had to over come numerous challenges and obstacles in regards to our lands, natural resources, cultural practices, and even our language. Did you know that at one time the Hawaiian language was outlawed, yes I said “outlawed”. After the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy, the Hawaiian language was banned 1898. My own mother told me stories of how she and fellow students were struck in public school (my mother was born & raised in the island of O’ahu) whenever they used a Hawaiian word. Even her parents were not allowed to learn the language of their Hawaiian ancestors for fear of retribution. There are doubtless, numerous such stories in all Ohana of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

See you on the Mauna

Speak Hawaiian… E ‘ōlelo Hawai’i

However, that did not stop those who challenged the authority of the government and continued to speak Hawaiian. Those flame keepers kept our language alive. Thanks in huge part to those pillars in our Hawaiian Nation, when that heinous “law” was finally abolished and Hawaiian made an official language of these lands the Hawaiian language was able to be rekindled for future generations. So when the ban was lifted in 1986 ( I was only 5 years old at the time) I remember my mother trying to learn and encouraging the use of the language in our home. I believe it was a major factor in my parents allowing me to join a Halau hula, and for that I am most grateful.

Lāhui Rising…

We now have Hawaiian emersion schools ranging from Pre-school all the way to the University level. Which is so amazing considering the oppression our people, nation, culture, and language had to overcome. Yet, despite it all we rise! As one People, one Nation, we continue to restore what was lost, and continue to build anew a thriving, living culture. 

This particular page of my blog is dedicated to my Ohana, my numerous Kumu, my Lāhui (Nation), and anyone who has a desire to share in our journey. Mahalo piha a malama pono kākou! Aloha & blessings!