The Kali‘uokapa‘akai Collective is an aloha ‘āina alliance that has come together to activate our kuleana to protect Hawaiʻi’s wahi kupuna (ancestral places & resources) and ʻike kupuna (ancestral knowledge). The collective name derives from a term coined by the late Uncle Eddie Kaanana, which literally means “the essence of salt.” The concept of paʻakai also calls to mind the historical landmark legal case, Ka Pa‘akai o ka ‘Āina, that reaffirmed the traditional and customary rights of Native Hawaiians.
Ka Inoa Hui
The Kali‘uokapa‘akai Collective’s name draws upon the powerful Hawaiian metaphor of paʻakai as an agent of protection, preservation, healing, and bringing people together. In ancient times, paʻakai served as a purifier that cleansed and drove away harmful influences; it was a preservative that ensured survival of our people by helping food to last longer and remain flavorful; It was also a metaphor for the fundamental value of humility and aloha, representing a basic token of hospitality and generosity of people with very little resources (he wahī paʻakai). It draws strength from the notion that we are a resilient people that can survive in the harshest of conditions and when we pool and share our resources together (e pū paʻakai kākou), we can achieve any goal. Collective gatherings, referred to as E Pū Pa‘akai, will be convened on a quarterly basis.
Huliauapaʻa’s role in supporting the collective is likened to holding the ‘umeke that houses the paʻakai. Huliauapaʻa is committed to holding the ‘umeke by gathering advocates in wahi kupuna stewardship and pooling our resources together for the benefit of our ʻāina and lāhui.
Who is the Collective
The collective is made up of advocates in wahi kupuna stewardship. They represent and embody the essence of salt. They are the agents of aloha, kuleana, transformation, and action who gather and share resources together to create abundance for the benefit of all:
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Potential Role of the Collective
Collective participants identified 5 potential roles for Kali‘uokapa‘akai to advance wahi kupuna stewardship:
1. Organize – Develop collaborative relationships and alliances paeʻāina wide. 2. Knowledge Sharing - Prioritize indigenous knowledge systems and methods. 3. Approaches - Advocate for an interdisciplinary systems approach and best practices. 4. Community Engagement - Build community capacity to mālama wahi kupuna through relationships, education and resources. 5. Financial Stability - Seek opportunities to expand investments and become sustainable.