HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Keone Nunes is one of Hawaiʻi's foremost revivalists of traditional Hawaiian tattooing. There is more to the art than just ink and pictures and Amy Kalili brings us more on the Hawaiian practice of "KÂKAU."
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. ʻAʻole paha ʻo ke kâkau kekahi o nâ mea mua e noʻonoʻo ʻia ma ke ʻano he hana kuʻuna akâ, eia mai ʻo Keone Nunes e ʻimi mau ana i ka hoʻololi i kçlâ.
Tattooing may not be one of the most common traditional Hawaiian practices, but Keone Nunes is changing that.
I ka wâ ma mua, ʻaʻole makemake lâkou e hoʻokau i kekahi uhi ma ko lâkou mau kino. A i kçia manawa, nui ka poʻe e kahea mai iaʻu, "hiki iaʻu ke loaʻa i kekahi uhi?"
Kahuna Kâ Uhi
In the past, people were reluctant about tattoos. Now, they can't get enough.
No laila, he koina ko Keone no nâ mea a pau e ʻimi ana iâ ia.
So Keone requires this from all clientele.
Ua haʻi wau no lâkou inâ noho ʻoe a walaʻau pû me kou ʻohana, a loaʻa iâ ʻoe i ka moʻokûʻauhau a pçlâ aku hiki iaʻu ke noho me ʻoe a walaʻau e pili ana i kçlâ mau mea.
They need to know their genealogy before they come to see me.
Ua laki hoʻi wau i ka noho ʻana a walaʻau pû me kekahi mau kûpuna.
ʻAʻole nô lâkou i loaʻa akâ nô naʻe ua ʻike maka nô lâkou ma ka ʻohana ma kekahi mau poʻe ʻç aʻe.
I was fortunate to interact with some kûpuna who weren't practitioners themselves, but knew of the art.
Ua ʻimi aku ʻo Keone i kekahi mau kânaka loea a aʻoaʻo ma waho aku o Hawaiʻi kekahi.
He sought experts to learn from outside of Hawaiʻi as well.
Ua aʻo wau i ka hana, ke kâkau ʻana no kekahi mau poʻe Kâmoa ʻo Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo.
I learned my techniques from Sâmoan tattoo artist Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo
Paʻu mau ana ʻo Keone i ka hôʻoi aʻe kâna mâkau a pçia pû ka hoʻoili aku i kçia ʻike ma ka hanauna hou.
Keone continues to hone his skill and share it with future generations.
I kçia mau lâ, kâkaʻikahi ka poʻe i maopopo ai i kekahi mau mea no ka uhi, no laila pono mâkou e hoʻonui aʻe i ka poʻe maopopo pono no ka hana, no ka ʻike, no kekahi mea like ʻole a pau no ka uhi Hawaiʻi.
Not too many people practice this art form, so we need to teach everyone, and we need to teach them properly.
No ka ʻike hou aku no kâ Keone hana, e kele aku iâ Pauhi.com. Aloha.
Visit Pauhi.com for more on Keone.