Hōnaunau & Keʻei, Hawaiʻi
The ninth cohort, Iwikuamoʻo was held in Hōnaunau and Keʻei, Hawaiʻi Island. Through a range of ethnohistorical, archaeological, and ethnographic research training, the haumāna gained an intimate pilina to these ahupuaʻa. Examples of methods they were introduced to include analyzing moʻolelo and Māhele era land documents; interviewing kupaʻāina about their historical memories and current stewardship recommendations, and mapping portions the ala loa and its associated features. By weaving together these different sources of ʻike kupuna, the haumāna were able to paint a more holistic story of this place. Throughout the internship, the haumāna focused on the theme of ala loa and how it is both a physical pathway that connects the sites and resources of the ʻāina, as well as an intangible pathway that connects communities through our moʻokūʻauhau and moʻolelo passed on from our kupuna. By partnering with kupa ʻāina and community organizations in this area, the haumāna learned that the pathways and connections between ʻāina, moʻolelo, and kānaka are still very paʻa in these ahupuaʻa today.
"Thank you so very much for a life changing experience that was actually life changing. Each internship as well as the study abroad program I participated in all promised it would be life changing but then in the end, I never felt that it was. With the Wahi Kupuna Internship Program, I don't know what it is but I feel different; I have a new family and my passion had been reignited."
- Candace Wharton"
Pulses of the Land: Wahi Pana of Keʻei I & II
During the 2018 Wahi Kupuna Internship Program, two of our interns (with kokua from their kumu) created an online give back to the community of Keʻei in the form of a Story Map. A Story Map is an online, interactive resource incorporating text, photos, video, and GIS maps. They are an excellent modern educational resource for connecting the ʻike of Hawaiʻi's communities with technology. They allow information to be documented and accessible worldwide. This Story Map focuses on the Wahi Pana of Keʻei, sharing their moʻolelo and significance through the voices of Ke'ei kamaʻāina. We hope this Story Map of Keʻei will be utilized as an educational resource by the Keʻei community in their continuous efforts to preserve and perpetuate the moʻolelo and practices of these wahi pana.