The Malolo Project

Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi has applied to the Hawaʻi Tourism Authority for a culture grant to restore a koa canoe that was built in Miloliʻi in the 1920ʻs. The Malolo Project is a year long restoration project under the direction of Uncle Bill Rosehill to restore the Malolo and train the next generation of apprentice canoe builders in South Kona. The Malolo will be extended from its current 36 feet to 45 feet and its hull will be altered so as to be able to compete with koa canoes today. The Malolo will be the Miloliʻi Canoe Clubs koa canoe for the 2017 Moku O Hawaiʻi canoe racing season. The Malolo along with its sister canoe the Naiʻa will be restored in Holualoa, South Kona. Special Mahalo to the Kekaulua ʻOhana of Hilo for helping to transport the Malolo to Kona and for JCP Construction for helping to secure the Malolo for safe travel. In addition, mahalo nui loa to an anonymous donor who lives in Papa Bay for the commitment and financial support for this important and historical restoration project. The Malolo Project will begin in the Spring of 2015.

Hoʻokuʻikahi Festival

Hoʻokuikahi means to UNIFY. This event is the true "gathering of the kings." Kamehameha built this heiau (Puʻukoholā) for his god Kūkaʻilimoku. He was surrounded by his chiefly concubines (Keʻeaumoku, Nākānelua, and others) which aided in the unification of the islands starting with Hawaiʻi at Puʻukoholā. We enter the realm of the Gods when we step into the kahua to give our hoʻokupu (reciprocation offering) in the hope that we get 10 folds in return. Mahalo to Uncle Kukulu Kuahuʻia, Amoe Taetuna, Craig Caravalho, Justin Kailiawa for bringing our dried ʻōpelu for our hoʻokupu. We hope this brings you plenty fish to sustain your fires as well. When we leave the kahua, we step back into the realm of the kanaka and we depart enlightened with the mana and blessings with our kupuna The closing for our participation at this years Hoʻokuʻikahi festivals came unexpected. We were asked by the Kahunanui (Kaponoʻai) to meet his ʻōhua (waʻalaulani). Kumu Kuwalu shared her past 13 years of experience at Hoʻokuʻikahi and the struggles and triumphs along the way. She shared her commitment and aloha for Miloliʻi community and the reason for bringing them to Puʻukoholā. Miloliʻi has just been elevated to a whole new kulana (status) and have set standards of hoʻokupu. Also this weekend at Puʻukoholāʻs 2014 Hoʻokuikahi Festivals, we were blessed with having Kānehūnāmoku as our personal vessel to teach the Miloliʻi community the importance of Laulima, Kuleana, Ma ka hana ka ʻike, and being attentive to your environment. We took a 10 minute walk south of ʻŌhaiʻula (Spencer Beach Park) to another beach Mauʻumae where Kānehūnāmoku met us. We gave them the same kind of greeting we gave Hōkūleʻa. Special mahalo to the entities who made this possible. [...]

Kanaka Pilina Kai

Kanaka Pilina Kai (Stewards of the Ocean) was the theme of this years 2014 Miloliʻi Lawaiʻa ʻOhana Camp. Held July 30th thru August 2nd 2014 , this years camp was funded by a grant through the Hawaiʻi Fish Trust and Conservation International. Participants were exposed to many different areas of coastal marine conservation and sustainable fishing practices. Over 100 participants took part in the camp over the course of four days and special thanks go to DLNR Aquatic Resources Division, DLNR Aha Moku Advisory Commission, QLCC, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole, Luka Mossman, Chad Wiggins of the Nature Conservancy, Mildred Casuga and DJ Llanes, Gary Shimabukuro of Laulima LLC, Uncle Bill Rosehill, The Kuahuia ʻOhana Kitchen Crew and everyone else that provided support and kokua! Also, mahalo nui loa to Miloliʻi Unukoʻa who participated in the opening of the Miloliʻi  ʻOpelu Season with a fantastic performance! View all the pictures from the camp here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63231133@N05/sets/72157647685314018/

“Exploring Mauli Potential”

MILOLIʻI, Hawaiʻi ~ July 18th thru 20th 2014 at Omokaʻa Beach a small and select group of individuals participated in a cross cultural exchange workshop focusing on native hawaiian cultural mediums. The campʻs focus was "Exploring Mauli Potential" and was coordinated and led by Shaffton Kuakahi Kaupu-Cabuag, lead culture language and programʻs specialist for Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi. Instructed by Kumu Hula Kuwalu Anakalea and cultural practitioners Kawehi Kahanaʻoi and Lanakila Maguile, the camp focused on chants, stories and dance using hula as a portal to conjure mauli (spiritual) potential. Kāna (Kaula Workshops) taught resourcefulness and Kalo and Uala farming taught kuleana. Special guests were students from the Pitt and Hopi Nation Indian tribes of New Mexico. This years camp was a HUGE success and could not have been possible without all the support and dedication of the volunteers, parents, cooks, mākua and keiki participants that participated. Special mahalo to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) who made this event possible with funding through PPMʻs 2014 culture grant.

2014 Miloliʻi Lawaiʻa ʻOhana Camp

This years Miloliʻi Lawaiʻa ʻOhana Camp will be held at the site of the Miloliʻi Community Enrichment and Historical Center July 30th thru August 2nd 2014. The camp, themed "Kanaka Pilina Kai" (Stewards of the Ocean) will focus on marine conservation and awareness, biological fish counting and monitoring and invasive species removal. Guest speakers from DLNR and DOCARE will attend as well as Mr. Gary Shimabukuro from Laulima LLC on Oahu. The camp will also feature traditional hawaiian arts and crafts, astronomy study and a nature hike to Honomalino Bay. On the last day of the camp, the Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project will open the ʻōpelu season with a traditional ceremony and lifting of the kapu, followed by a invasive luʻu kai tournament and lunch luau. Please contact Kaimi Kaupiko and download the camp application here.

Miloliʻi Participants Attend WIPCE in Honolulu

A group of eight Miloliʻi residents has arrived on Oahu led by Uncle Willy Kaupiko to attend the 2014 WIPCE (World Indigenous People Conference on Education) at Kapiolani Community College. They will spend one week on Oahu immersing themselves in cultural exchanges, workshops and field trips. The group is staying in Haiku Valley in Kanehoe at Uncle Eddie Kaʻananaʻs former residence. On Thursday the group will present at WIPCE on the Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project. The presentation titled: ʻO ka ʻŌpelu O Miloliʻi ~ A Model to Promote Sustainable Fisheries will be held on Thursday at 3PM in the Olona Room 115 Classroom. Presenters will be: Willy Kaupiko, Craig Carvalho, Healani Cahill, Kaimi Kaupiko, Lei Kaupu, Pilimai Traub and Miloliʻi keiki Dazza Kuahuia, David Simeona and Hoku Subiono. The trip is being funded by a joint effort between Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi the Queen Liliuokulani Childrens Center (QLCC) and the Kua O Ka Lā Miloliʻi Hipuʻu Charter School Program. On Monday, the group visited the United Fishing Agency auction block at Pier 39 and was given a private tour by Dr. John Kaneko of the Hawaiʻi Seafood Council. Also attending the tour was Paʻa Ponoʻs Executive Director Kai Kahele.

Video: The Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project

The Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project is a two year program held in the last fishing village in the State of Hawaiʻi, Miloliʻi. Situated on the isolated, rural and arrid coastal plain of South Kona on Hawaiʻi Island, the fishing village of Miloliʻi remains the most traditional native hawaiian community in the Hawaiian Islands. Find out more about The Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project here.