City and Descendents Begin Healing Process

Henry Hopfe
Henry Hopfe

MAKAHA (KHNL) -- In a step toward righting a wrong, city parks officials attended a healing ceremony in Makaha. There are two sites the workers disturbed. Family members gathered some of the iwi and placed them in traditional red cloth on top of a coral rock foundation. There visitors brought offerings.

It's the site where dozens of remains were moved by city crews with heavy equipment.

Family members sing a meaningful chant.

And young hula dancer Kelii Keliikipa performs a powerful hula.

"We are going to do a pulekala ponopono ceremony basically to make things pono to make things pono and keep things pono, " reveals descedent Henry Hopfe.

Officials with the city's park's department brought gifts, supplied the shelter and apologized for disturbing the remains.

There was discussion about how to prevent this from happening again.

"I've experienced, as well as my family experienced, frustration and anxiety and disappointment with the way things have are but still trying to remain hopeful," admits Hopfe.

They planned on re-burying the remains today but the permit process is not complete.

"My concern is to re-inter them and not procrastinate and not wait any longer. We all feel the burden that our family burial site remains, their final resting place, disturbed and as far as they are disturbed, we are disturbed," insists Hopfe.

After the ceremony, family member share in a sacred meal to honor the ancestors.