Celebrating the vision of Queen Liliuokalani

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    Cal Toyofuku uses a scraper gifted to him by the late Jerry Konanui while Kauai County Council member Mason Chock waits his turn to kui, Tuesday at the lawn of the historic County Building.

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    Robin Stroud of Canada wonders how to get the lumps out while husband Richard looks on, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula.

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    Sue Fafard of Lihue takes her turn at ku‘i while her husband Charlie gets a photo on his phone, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula.

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    John Kaohelauli‘i, an advocate of konane, watches while people play the traditional Hawaiian game while waiting to ku‘i, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula at the lawn of the historic County Building.

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    Hali‘imailei Hose, a student at Punana Leo, pauses her ku‘i to clean the pohaku, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula.

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    Mahealani Ho‘okano gets advice from Eric Hansen of goFarm in planting huli, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula on the lawn of the historic County Building.

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    Punana Leo students Liliana Dela Cruz and Kainoa Ki‘ilau help each other clean a cooked kalo in preparation for ku‘i, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula on the lawn of the historic County Building.

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    Kauai County Council member Mason Chock and his son Kaena take a turn a ku‘i kalo, Tuesday during Ku‘i At The County, an event celebrating the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through ku‘i and hula.

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    Students from the Punana Leo School sing praises and thanks, Tuesday on the lawn of the historic County Building during Ku‘i At The County, a celebration of the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture.

LIHUE — Cal Toyofuku of Lawai was among the stream of people who flowed through the gathering on the lawn of the Historic County Building under the strains of Hawaiian music and the chatter of young people from the Punana Leo School.

“I used to ku‘i a lot when I was hungry,” Toyofuku said, taking pride in using the wooden scraper gifted to him by the late Jerry Konanui. “When he saw me using my hands to scrape, he gifted me this wooden one because he said it was bad to use plastic. It’s been a while since I ku‘i, but now, I don’t need to do it because the kids can do it.”

The purpose of Ku‘i at the County was an opportunity for Hawaiian cultural practitioners and kalo growers to come together to perpetuate the culture through ku‘i and hula.

This year’s celebration is to honor the late Jerry Konanui, Fukino’s teacher, and coincides with the annual Ku‘i Kalo which is held on the opening day of the Legislature on O‘ahu.

“We remember the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, 125 years ago,” said Pua Rossi, an instructor at the Kauai Community College Hawaiian Studies program. “But today, we celebrate the vision of Queen Liliuokalani to see the keiki practice the Hawaiian culture.”

The event was a celebration, said organizers, not a protest.

On Oahu, the Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals was out in force at Onipa ‘a Kakou, an all-day event observing the 125th year of the illegal seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom government.

“Where‘s the Hawaiian Kingdom? You‘re looking at it,” said Hawaiian Kingdom Foreign Minister Leon Kaulahao Siu.

“Hawaii is my mainland. We will mark this important date as are many others by calling upon the US to de-occupy our nation — the Hawaiian Kingdom.”

In a commendation from the Kauai County Council, Rossi, Josh Fukino, and the gathering of kalo farmers and others were commended for perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through ku‘i, or poi pounding, and hula.

“This is the time of year when people talk of new beginnings and change,” said Councilman Mason Chock. “Not all change is good. Ku‘i at the County is more than the opening of the state Legislature. We recognize the injustices to the Hawaiian people in the overthrow, and through events like this, look ahead for a brighter future.”

People also participated in konane, a traditional Hawaiian game with John Kaohelauli‘i, listened to the Hawaiian music and watched others work the cooked kalo into poi.

Malia Reghi and Eric Hansen offered huli, or starters, to anyone interested in growing kalo at their homes.

“A lot of these varieties are through the goFarm and Kauai Food Forest programs,” Hansen said. “Some came from Jerry whose dream was to perpetuate the Hawaiian varieties of kalo. By having people plant these, we hope to have more huli to offer.”

6 Comments
  1. Sunrise_blue January 18, 2018 6:51 am Reply

    At what point in Hawai’i’s history was Kaua’i united with Oahu? King and king of the islands. Year is 1758, King Kamehameha I on Oahu. Sea travel


  2. Sunrise_blue January 18, 2018 7:06 am Reply

    Also, if there was canoes used, how long did it take to reach Kaua’i? How many people? How’d they migrate? How long did it take to populate Kaua’i?

    (I don’t play high school football. So, it means I don’t study also. ) …laughs

    1787 year.


  3. Sunrise_blue January 18, 2018 9:13 am Reply

    Yeah, I got Ross Kagawa and The mayor backing me up. Weird island.


  4. Sunrise_blue January 18, 2018 10:21 am Reply

    I have a degree. “What are you doing today? To get paid.”

    Politics.


  5. Sunrise_blue January 18, 2018 10:36 am Reply

    I happen to know some things. Only you and that guy, Elmer Kaohano #95 & your peers. How much are they? Support in politics. Think, dopamine.


  6. Sunrise_blue January 18, 2018 12:13 pm Reply

    Why not convert this blog to a forum? Pictures, html, points. It will make it more attractive. More guest. This time, just merge the files from elsewhere into the forum. An example, use of an apache tomcat 8.5 would make it professional. Some out there could show you how.


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