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KS staffers gather at Waineʻemālie to pick young ʻuala (sweet potato) leaves to make laulau palula at Kaʻiwakīloumoku.

‘Ono for ‘ike Hawai‘i? Be on the lookout for Kūkahekahe – Cultural Conversations

Nov. 17, 2020

  • the Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group

Coming soon to Ka Ipu o Lono is an engaging new column – Kūkahekahe – featuring personal experiences and insights from faculty and staff about compelling cultural happenings within the KS organization, throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and across the larger Pacific and global communities.

Kūkahekahe launches in mid-November in alignment with the rising of the star cluster Makali‘i (Pleiades) which signals the approach of the Hawaiian New Year: Makahiki – Lono’s season of fertility, peace and recreation.
Produced by the Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group, each column will include a link to a web-based reference for self-directed learning and exploration, as well as reminders on upcoming events.

The column will begin in November with a series of intriguing staff commentaries on Ngāti Ruawāhia, a Hawaiian-Māori tribal heritage inspired by Hōkūleʻa’s historic landfall in Aotearoa (New Zealand) on December 7, 1985, and nurtured and maintained by Kamehameha Schools staff and students over the past 35 years.

The December column will reflect on the very personal impact of Pauahi’s cultural legacy on dedicated staff, and share about the diverse holiday traditions observed in different Hawaiʻi households past and present.

Come January, the column will usher in 2021 with a wider look at the Pacific as the ancestral homeland of Pauahi and her beneficiaries, and explore how behaviors and attitudes of some of the most effective faculty and staff reflect the “mindset of a navigator” – and much more!

We look forward to having many pleasant cultural conversations among our faculty and staff ʻohana at Kūkahekahe!

A digital wellspring of cultural resources

If you haven’t done so already, check out The engaging website, managed by the Ho‘okahua Cultural Vibrancy Group, offers enjoyable, self-directed Hawaiian cultural learning and Pacific exploration.


Pacific Conversations
Want to learn more about Ngāti Ruawāhia? E nānā mai – look here.

Plus, visit the “Features” section of on November 25, 2020 to watch a new episode of Pacific Conversations: “NGĀTI RUAWĀHIA: Hawaiian Tribe of Te Tai Tokerau Celebrates 35 Years.”

KS staff members kuʻi ulu (pound ulu) in the Kaiona room at Kawaiahaʻo Plaza.

Kawaiahaʻo Plaza staff members practice ʻōlelo Hawai‘i during their workday.

Staff honor KSʻ Ngāti Ruawāhia heritage by paying respect to Māuipāmamao, our Hawaiian tribal carving, located at Waitangi, Aotearoa.

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