KŪ‘OKO‘A KŪKANONO 2020
With a restored Ulupō heiau and Kawainui fishpond at its piko, we see our ahupuaʻa of Kailua lashed together by a braid of ʻāina, kanaka, and culture, forming an enduring bond that generates balance and abundance for our community.
Our mission is to restore and grow healthy relationships between people and place through the aloha ʻāina practices of retelling our Kailua-specific stories, replanting and eating our ancestral foods, and caring for the sacred sites, lands, and waters of our beloved ahupuaʻa of Kailua.
“We view this as the passing of a legacy of stewardship across three generations of a single family, from the hi‘ikua (carried on the back, no longer present) generation of Uncle Charlie Rose, to our own kaniko‘o (cane-using, twilight) generation of Kailua descendants, to the ao mālamalama (full light of day, enlightened) generation that we have helped to raise. We are confident that Ulupo is now directly in the hands of those best equipped to “hear” and honor it, to act in its best interest, and to ensure that it serves as both inspiration for and model of a permanent, thriving Hawaiian presence in the heart of our Kailua home. We affirm in proud-parent fashion, the “birth” of Kauluakalana and the in-family transition of leadership that it exemplifies. This is about continuity, about the student surpassing the teacher, about legacy upheld and improved upon. Ulupō, in Kauluakalana’s hands, is in the best hands possible.”
–Māpuana & Kīhei de Silva, on behalf of Hikaʻalani