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Hawaiian News: Pahua Heiau

Kamoa Quitevas Kamoa Quitevas
Elizabeth Reilly Elizabeth Reilly
Chris  Kramer Chris Kramer

HAWAII KAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Historians are uncovering the history of an ancient Hawaiian heiau found amidst the neighborhood homes of Hawaiʻi Kai. Amy Kalili finds out what the residents of Hawaiʻi Kai think about the heiau and what they plan to do about it.

Aia ʻo Pahua ma ʻaneʻi ma Hawaiʻi Kai ma ka pau ʻana o Makahuʻena.

Pahua Heiau lies here in a Hawaiʻi Kai suburb at the end of Makahuʻena Place.

There is some information that suggests that pahua is a horticultural heiau.

There is also some suggestion that it's a ko'a yeah it's a fishing heiau a fishing shrine.

Kamoa Quitevas

Research Analyst, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Wahi a kekahi, he heiau no ka mahiʻai ʻana akâ, he koʻa nô ia.

Ma ka holo o nâ makahiki, ʻaʻole nô mâlama maikaʻi ʻia ka ʻike a maopopo.

But much history was lost over the years.

This particular area unfortunately was developed so rapidly with very little consideration for what was here before and what this place meant to the Hawaiian culture.

Elizabeth Reilly

Member, Livable Hawaiʻi Kai Hui

Kûkulu wikiwiki ʻia me ka noʻonoʻo ʻole i kona waiwai kuʻuna.

To my right would have been the largest fishpond in Polynesia. Five hundred and twenty three acres!

Chris Kramer

Member, Livable Hawaiʻi Kai Hui

Ma ʻaneʻi kahi o ka loko iʻa nui loa ma Polonekia. He 523 ʻeka ka nui!

ʻO ka Pahua kekahi o nâ heiau hope e waiho ʻia ana ma kçia wahi e kapa ʻia nei ʻo Hawaiʻi Kai i kçia mau lâ akâ, ʻo Maunalua kona inoa kahiko.

Pahua is one of two remaining heiau in this area referred to now as Hawaiʻi Kai, but whose traditional name if Maunalua.

Now in this area known as Maunalua, there use to be fifteen heiau out on the ridges, near the oceans, and now they are gone.

Ann Marie Kirk

Member, Livable Hawaiʻi Kai Hui

He 15 heiau e waiho ʻia ana ma nâ pali kai ma mua akâ, ua lilo akula.

So when we find pockets of culture that we can explore together as a community, and connect with the past, and then celebrate it. It's emotional.

(Elizabeth)

No laila, ke loaʻa kçia ʻano wahi kuʻuna o ka wâ kahiko, pâ nô ka naʻau.

Ua komo aku nei ko ke kaiâulu me ko ke Keʻena Kuleana Hawaiʻi, nona ka ʻâina, i ke kûkâkûkâ no kçia wahi.

Discussions were held among community member and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that now owns the land.

What that does is it brings relevance to everybody, everybody feels some sense of stewardship.

(kamoa)

He mea ia e ulu ai ka makakau a ʻiʻini e mâlama aku.

Aia a pili hou ko ke kaiâulu ma ka ʻâina a ʻike no ka môʻaukala o kçia wahi pana, e makemake ana nô e kôkua ma ka mâlama aku.

Once the surrounding community reconnects with the land and to the history of the heiau, then they will have a stake in its future.

This is not just a museum piece, an artifact, a site feature sitting on top the hill. This is Pahua Heiau and it has relevance now and it's going to have relevance a thousand years from now.

(kamoa)

ʻAʻole ia he mea hôʻikeʻike wale. He wahi pana ola mau nô ʻo Pahua.

I think that Pahua Heiau can serve as a model for the rest of the state because it shows how community can work with government agencies to work together to create a space were we honor our kupuna.

(ann marie)

He laʻana hoʻi kçia no ke ʻano e alu like ai ke kaiâulu me ko ke aupuni no ka mâlama i nâ wahi paha o nâ kûpuna.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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