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Native Viewpoints

Ke Aloha ‘Āina; He Aha Ia?
ʻO ke aloha ʻāina, ʻo ia ka ʻume māgēneti i loko o ka puʻuwai o ka lāhui, e kāohi ana i ka noho kūʻokoʻa lanakila ʻana o kona one hānau ponoʻī. That which we call aloha ‘āina is the magnetic pull in the heart of the patriot which compels the sovereign existence of the land of his birth.

Nāwahī’s Work Continues To Inspire
Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu is a nineteenth century Native Hawaiian educator, lawyer, legislator, and publisher, known for his undying and fierce loyalty to Lili‘uokalani, her people, and the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

‘Āina Ulu ‘o Honokāne
Our efforts to connect our people to these resources in support of their educational development and well-being result in the ‘Āina Ulu programs that have grown at a phenomenal pace since their inception in 2000.

‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Experiences Resurgence and Growth
Sparked by the Hawaiian renaissance of the 1970s and by the Hawaiian language immersion education movement of the 1980s, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi is slowly being recognized in the wider community as an important part of life here in Hawaiʻi.

Pō Kāne: When Spirits Haunt the Night
Stories and sayings proclaim that on pō Kāne, “ke māʻau nei nā ʻeʻepa o ka pō,” that the strange and wondrous creatures of the night are out and about.

Lonoikamakahiki: Celebrating the Season
Explore this collection of articles to learn more about how Makahiki was observed in ancient times and why it remains significant in our Hawaiian world today.

Makahiki: The Rise of Makali‘i Marks a Hawaiian New Year
Makaliʻi is known throughout the world by different names and plays an important role in marking the passage of time for many of the world’s cultures.

Supression of Hawaiian Culture at Kamehameha Schools
One of the first orders William Oleson gave at Kamehameha was to ban the Hawaiian language.

Makahiki: Kōnane - Simple Board Game or Battle Simulator?
Kōnane is about options—to be the only one with a move left, to be the one with options.

Echoing Wahi Kūpuna
Wahi kūpuna often make profound statements on their own—echoes from the actions of kūpuna kahiko.

Welo ka Hae Hawai‘i
It is late, dark, and cold when our bus finally pulls into the gravel lot at the village of Poindimie, New Caledonia.

Te Reo Kotahitanga (The Voice of Unity): Cultural Conflict, Native Identity, and Unity in Māori Literature
Colonialism often robs the colonized of valued possessions; political power, social prowess, land, and livelihood are only a few of them.

May the Hawaiian Language Live Forever
I realize that in Hawai‘i we have lost a lot, but it is not too late to save our language.

Makahiki: An Overview
The rising of Makaliʻi (the constellation Pleiades) at sunset marks the beginning of the Hawaiian new year, known as Makahiki.

Makahiki: Let the Games Begin
Although they may appear to be frivolous fun, "Makahiki games," are well-designed exercises that develop physical, mental, and spiritual strength.

Language Builds Identity and Perpetuates Culture
If the mother tongue of a people were to disappear, so too would those people disappear.

Makahiki: A Season of Giving and Growing
During the time of Makahiki, there was great emphasis placed on the importance of ho‘okupu and ‘auhau.

Makahiki: A Change of Season
Makahiki provided a venue for makaʻāinana to present their best works and perform feats of athleticism before their akua and aliʻi.

Pacific Experiences: Native Dance, Performance, and Education
Ngaria and Tony Walker use kapa haka as an incentive to push their students in school academics.

Pacific Experiences: Tourism, and the Intersection of Native Business & Culture
Andrew Te Whaiti talks about some of his experiences as CEO of Te Puia, an institution dedicated to preserving and fostering Māori culture, crafts, and arts.

Pacific Experiences: Native Filmmaking
Rawiri Paratene, a Māori actor acclaimed for his role in the Whale Rider, discusses the movie and various cultural themes featured therein.

Pacific Experiences: Native Art and Evolution
Lyonel Grant, Māori carver, sculptor, and designer, was an artist in residence for over two months at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Pacific Experiences: Finding Justice for the Māori People
Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr plans to lead another generation of Māori into adulthood with a better understanding of their history and future.

Pacific Experiences: Native Carving, Canoe Making, and Life in Huahine
Marirai "Freddy" Tauotaha, son of Puaniho Tauotaha, is a master canoe carver and paddler of international renown.