HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - Malia Kawaiho ouluoha ao was born June, 1927 in Ho'okena, Kona and was raised by her grandparents, Manu and Malia Kama.
She would tell stories about how sometimes her kupuna would wake her up early in the morning and she would be going to do ho oponopono. So Aunty Malia would witness this. So she witnessed many cultural things that we read about.
There were key people in Aunty's life who encouraged her to embrace this knowledge from her kupuna. Indeed Tutu Kawena Puku'i was very influential in her life, in terms of developing more of her inherent cultural knowledge. And Aunty did embrace her role of seeking out and sharing her knowledge.
She did what most kupuna would tell you, "just don't sit on your knowledge, share it with others." And Aunty became our community's resource for the traditional conflict resolution process of ho'oponopono. She brought Hawaiian culture to a level of reality; it wasn't something that was kind of esoteric.
It had relevance to how you treated people, how you treated your family, how you treated the land. Aunty worked with numerous keiki and ohana during her 30 years with the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center.
She saw so many of them become successful in what they were trying to achieve. If not for her and that support in the earlier times, maybe they would be on a different path. Aunty lived up to one of her constant sayings.