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Ancient way of life in Kahana valley

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hidden beneath the lush landscape and quiet serenity of Kahana Valley lives an ancient way of life.  A way of life that has given Kahana natives like Uncle Nana an opportunity to journey back to a familiar way of life. Amy Kalili has more.

"After I retired from the service, hang around for couple years. And decided to come up here and look at the place over again. When I first came here, [..,.] You can't even recognize this place the way it is now. It was all covered with bushes. Every day I would come I would walk all the way from the gate all the way up to here.  I walk up here with my little dog and my power saw so that I can cut the woods," said ʻAnakala Clinton "Nana" Gorai, Kupa o Kahana.

Ma ka haʻalele i ka pûʻalikoa, ua hoʻi mai a piʻi mai i ʻaneʻi no ka nânâ i ka ʻâina. A ma koʻu hôʻea, ʻaʻohe ʻano kamaʻâina nô hoʻi. Ua ulu nui a hewa ka nâhelehele. Piʻi mai au i kçlâ lâ, kçia lâ mai ka ʻîpuka komo a i ʻaneʻi. Hele mai me kuʻu wahi ʻîlio me ka pahiolo e waele ai i ka ululâʻau.

It took Uncle Nana twelve long years of back-breaking work to restore his ancestral land into this beautiful loʻi and garden.

No 12 makahiki, ua paʻu ikaika mau ʻo ʻAnakala Nana i ka hana nui no ka hoʻomaʻemaʻe a hoʻoponopono i kona ʻâina hânau me kona loʻi a mâla nô hoʻi.

"I worked in the loʻi, I did all by hand. I couldn't bring no equipment up here because there is no way equipment can come down here. So I used pick and shovel, dig all this lo'i. I got 20 of um right now," said Gorai.

Ua hoʻomaʻemaʻe lima ʻia nô ka loʻi. ʻAʻohe mîkini ʻoiai ʻaʻohe ala e komo mai ai. No laila, me ke kipikua a kopalâ wale nô i paʻa ai kçia mau loʻi he 20 nô hoʻi.

Uncle Nana, in his 80s now, regularly works to maintain the loʻi. He loves to share his special place with visitors, especially school children and makes himself readily available to them.

He 80 makahiki o ʻAnakala Nana a mau nô ʻo ia ka ma mâlama i kâna mau loʻi. A nui loa kona makemake i ka launa me nâ hoakipa, keu aku nâ haumâna kamaliʻi.

"They can see what I do and they can come up here and do a little work.  They gain some knowledge of what the Hawaiians used to do before, many, many years ago," said Gorai.

ʻIke lâkou i kaʻu hana a komo pû mai i ke kôkua. He hoʻonui ʻike no ke ʻano o ka hana o ka wâ i hala.

While Uncle Nana's family has been in the valley for generations, the current lease system began while he was away and therefore he is no longer considered an "official" resident. He works the land without a lease and his contribution to the to Kahana Valley as a living cultural park is an obvious asset.

ʻOiai he mau kupa o ia ʻâina ko ʻAnakala ʻohana, ua paʻa ka ʻônaehana hoʻolimalima ʻâina iâ ia ma kahi ʻç. No laila, ʻaʻole ʻo ia kapa "kûhelu" ʻia he mea o ia ʻâina ma lalo o kçia ʻônaehana. Mâlama naʻe ʻo ia i kona ʻâina a kaiâulu. A he ahuwale nô kona waiwai i kçia awâwa ʻo Kahana a me kona noʻonoʻo ʻia he honua Hawaiʻi ola maoli nô.

"I ain't got too many years left so (chuckle)…but if they just let me stay here for whatever time I get left, I'd be satisfied," said Gorai.

ʻAʻole nô nui nâ makahiki koe, akâ, hauʻoli ana au inâ ʻae ʻia koʻu noho a pau koʻu ma lâ ma ʻaneʻi.

Mahalo Uncle Nana for being an inspiration for all of us who seek to reconnect with our past to guide us into the future.

Ke aloha nui iâ ʻoe e ʻAnakala Nana no ka hôʻoia ʻana mai i ka nani o ka pili mau o kâkou i ka ʻike o ka wâ i hala no ka hele ʻana i mua.

Original Airdate 1/21/2010

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