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Makahiki games build pilina for Residential Life haumāna at KS Kapālama

November 7, 2023

Makahiki season got off to an early start on Oct. 25 at Kōnia Field on the KS Kapālama campus as about 300 haumāna competed in the Makahiki games. Representing their individual hale, middle and high school haumāna competed in various games, including: hoʻokaʻa pōhaku (rock rolling – with a large heavy ball), ihe pāheʻe (spear sliding), ʻulu maika (disc rolling), moa pāheʻe (dart sliding), ʻōʻō ihe (spear throwing), kūkini loa (long distance race), kūkini poko (short distance race), kūkini hui (relay), haka moa (standing chicken fight), uma (arm wrestling) and hukihuki (tug of war).

Makahiki season, a time of tribute, harvest, sport and play, begins with the rising of the constellation Makaliʻi (typically in mid-November), and ends in late January or February. It’s also aligned with the rainy season.

Hulō to the overall winners: ʻIolani dorm (kāne) and repeat champs, Kamehameha dorm (wāhine).

A haumāna from Kapuāiwa Hale competes in ihe pāheʻe at the ResLife Makahiki games.

Opening ceremonies at the ResLife Makahiki games.

An aerial view of opening ceremonies at the ResLife Makahiki games.

Opening ceremonies at the ResLife Makahiki games.

Opening ceremonies at the ResLife Makahiki games.

Hoʻoka'a pōhaku event at the ResLife Makahiki games.

ʻUlu maika (disc rolling) competition.

ʻŌ'ō Ihe competition.

Competitors in the haka moa (standing chicken fight) event drew big cheers from their fellow haumāna.

Haumāna squared off in both the kūkini loa and kūkini poko races.

Teamwork was key in the kūkini hui (relay race).

Haumāna from Kamehameha Hale take a break from competition.

Another crowd pleasing competition was uma (arm wrestling while laying prone on the ground).

Aerial view as haumāna watched and competed in the uma competition.

Kapiʻolani Nui Hale haumāna support each other at the ResLife Makahiki games.

Freshman and sophomore haumāna from Kīnaʻu Hale take part in hukihuki, the final competition at the Makahiki games.

Aerial view of hukihuki.

Competitors at Kōnia Field stayed dry despite rain clouds ma uka of campus.

The kāne of 'Iolani Hale backed up their swagger by being crowned this year's champions.

Closing ceremonies included all haumāna joining hands around Kōnia Field and singing "Hoʻonani i ka Makua Mau".


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