He then took the students on a journey through time, from Kaunolū and Kāne‘āpua, Lāna‘i to Kahiki (the ancestral home land of the gods and people of Hawai‘i), by telling the Lāna‘i-based story of Kāne‘āpua.
The group was planning to head up to Lāna‘i Hale for the day, but heavy rains during the night, made the road unpassable. Instead they spent some time reviewing Lāna‘i eco-systems and traditional knowledge of wao (environmental zones).They then departed to for Hi‘i to discuss ethnobotany, native forest systems and loss of bio-diversity.
The evening of the 22nd, Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Lāna‘i CHC hosted a community performance by Moses Goods at the LHES Cafeteria (Mahalo to Principal, Elton Kinoshita), attended by 60 residents and program students. Nui ke aloha…
Students asked questions about theater, acting and how Native Hawaiian traditions were researched. Uncle Moses shared that if Native Hawaiians do not engage in telling their stories, others will, so it is important to learn your traditions and to tell your own stories of your community.
Uncle Moses explained how he got involved in theater while he was a high school student on Maui, and it sparked an interest in him which has become his passion and profession.
The E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i -Cultural Literacy Initiative is sponsored through grants and contributions of:
Hawai'i Tourism Authority Kūkulu Ola Program
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Lāna'i Archaeological Committee
Hui o Wa'a Kaulua and Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani 'Ohana
Lāna‘i High & Elementary School
Jim and Linda Caires Smith
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Lāna'i CHC Na Hoaloha - Friends Organization
Mahalo nui no!
To view other daily activities:
E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — To Know Lāna‘i Once Again Cultural Literacy Program 2017
Leaving Hi‘i, the group then traveled across Pālāwai Basin and went up to the Naha Trail Overlook and Pu‘u o Manu Heiau. They were introduced to the geology of Lāna‘i, routes of travel in traditional times, and the protection of traditional cultural properties.
Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center partnered with the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in a presentation in traditional Hawaiian storytelling, and performing arts.
Upon return to the LHES classroom, the students were joined by 25 students from Maui (Pa‘ia Youth Center), and greeted Uncle Moses Goods and Aunty Kahulu Malu‘o.
All the students wanted more so Uncle Moses then shared the story of Kamapua‘a’s journey to Kahiki, and his battels with Ku‘īlioloa and Lonoka‘eho. Still wanting more, The students were then taking on the journey of Hāmumu, the Hawaiian whale rider. Everyone was left spell-bound and with more questions about the performing and creative arts. Mahalo nui no e ka Makuahine Kahulu Malu‘o (no MACC) a me Makua Moses Goods no kēia makana nui!