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. The Queen (Liliʻuoukalani) Childrens Center (Healani Cahill), Kalanihale Kaimi Namaielua Kaupiko, Waikaunu (Kumu Kuwalu), Kānehunamoku (Pualani Lincoln), Parents and friends Landa Kuahuia and Helen Kelekolio, Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project (Amoe Taetuna, Kukulu Kuahuʻia, Ana Kuahuia, Craig Caravalho, and Justin Kailiawa), Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Jessie Naomi Cabuag Grace and Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi Shaftton Kaupu-Cabuag.