Kawailiʻulā (2021 Hula Kahiko)

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 10:29 PM HST
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Kākuhihewa was the 15th ruling chief of Oʻahu and one of the few high-ranking chiefs who was born at Kūkaniloko, a sacred birthing site on Oʻahu. Two temple pahu named ʻŌpuku and Hāwea were sounded, announcing his birth to all awaiting news of the newborn aliʻi. The maile lau liʻiliʻi of Koʻiahi referenced in the chant was said to be one of the finest small-leafed maile on Oʻahu–a maile noted for its fragrant scent as well.