ʻO Lono ʻOe: Protectors Celebrate Makahiki on Maunakea

ʻO Lono ʻOe: Protectors Celebrate Makahiki on Maunakea
Ola ka loina Hawaiʻi kuʻuna ma o nā kiaʻi mauna e ʻimi ana i ka hoʻonaʻauao ma kēia wā malu o ka Makahiki.

Kau maila ka huihui hōkū ʻo Makaliʻi, he hōʻailona hoʻi no ka hoʻomaka o ia kau kuʻuna o ka wā Makahiki nō hoʻi. A no nā aloha ʻāina e kūpaʻa ana i ke aloha no kahi mauna kamahaʻo o kākou, ʻo Maunakea hoʻi, ua hōʻoiaʻiʻo ʻia kēia wā nui o ka loli.

Wahi a Lanakila Mangauil, he kiaʻi mauna, “First ceremonies began up here at Mauna a Wākea, to put Kū to rest. The akua Kū kind of presides over things for 8 or so months of the year and in that time Kū is the God of order, structure, of the politics and you know those things that keep society, those rules and structures of society. So Kūkiaʻimauna is not here anymore, he is down below resting. And we opened up the Lono. And Lono has many different attributes, he’s known as the God of fertility, the God of agriculture, the God of peace. At this time is where they switch off. Kū goes to rest and so as the God of politics is not present, you cannot commence with your political things which includes warfare all those things have to cease, your hard strenuous work, you have to stop because at this time the land has been working all year round. It’s allowing the land to rest and rejuvenate itself.”

A ma ia kū ʻana mai o ia huihui hōkū ʻo Makaliʻi ma ka lewa lani i mea hōʻoia i kēia wā malu, kohu kaʻi aukahi nō hoʻi nā hana ʻē aʻe a kū i kēia hoʻokake a loli o nā kau a au manawa ma ka ʻāina pū a hiki aku i ka hale hoʻokolokolo kekahi.

Wahi a Kahoʻokahi Kanuha, he kiaʻi mauna, “Ua hoʻoholo kēia ʻaha hoʻokolokolo nui o Hawaiʻi, ua hoʻoholo lākou, ʻaʻole ʻo TMT mā e hoʻomau i ko lākou kūkulu ʻana ma luna o Maunakea a hiki i ka hoʻoholo pono ʻia e kēia hoʻokolokolo ʻana e ka ʻaha hoʻokolokolo nui ʻo Hawaiʻi. No laila, he nūhou maikaʻi kēlā a he manaʻo kēlā a mākou i hoʻopuka mau ai mai kīnohi mai.”

Wahi a Lākea Trask, he kiaʻi mauna, “E mālama ʻia ana kēia mauna e nā akua, nā aumākua. E like hoʻi me kēia lā, me kēia nūhou. E like me kēia wā o ka makahiki, malia paha he hōʻailona kēlā. E mālia, e alia iki, ea. Mai komo. Mai komo i ka wao akua. Mai komo i ka piko.”

Wahi a Kahoʻokahi Kanuha, “He hoʻoia kēia o ke ea o Hawaiʻi. Ke hoʻokū nei kākou i kekahi hanana 1.4 billion kālā, ʻelima aupuni, ʻelima aupuni. Ola ka lāhui hawaiʻi, ola ko kākou moʻolelo, ola ka ʻāina, ola kānaka, a pono kākou e hoʻomau, hoʻōla mau I kēia mau mea.”

Hoʻomau nō ʻia nā loina Hawaiʻi e nā kiaʻi ma o ka launa pū ʻana me ka manaʻo e hoʻopuʻipuʻi hoʻi i ka waihona noʻonoʻo. Ua mālama ʻia he wā e hui ai kānaka ma o nā ʻaha a me nā hālāwai hoʻonaʻauao.

Wahi a Lanakila Mangauil, “This is very makahiki. The people came together, we shared stories, we shared songs, we shared chant and hula, and we honored the place. So the aunties and people who do the work of law and stuff they are getting to share with the makaʻāinana with everybody and everyone around their story of knowledge that they have, and what things that they do, that they’ve been working on throughout the year. And I think that this is very important too, this is where we can already start visualizing together you know where do we want to move forward here in Hawaiʻi. Or for Maunakea. We want to stop TMT, is that it? What is really our vision for the mountain. Let’s share the story of the mountain so that we can, we know where we should be moving forward on this. So yea I think today is a great opportunity in just sharing those stories to inspire each other to, to continue in this good work. Very important that we continue today, it could’ve been very different, but mahalo we’re in that energy of Lono.”

Maunakea protectors observe a traditional change in season through ceremony and workshops as the supreme court halts construction.

With the Pleiades rising in the night sky, the traditional Hawaiian season of Makahiki has begun and the Maunakea protectors took time to acknowledge this transition.

Lanakila Mangauil, a protector of Maunakea, explained “First ceremonies began up here at Mauna a Wākea, to put Kū to rest. The akua Kū kind of presides over things for 8 or so months of the year and in that time Kū is the God of order, structure, of the politics and you know those things that keep society, those rules and structures of society. So Kūkiaʻimauna is not here anymore, he is down below resting. And we opened up the Lono. And Lono has many different attributes, he’s known as the God of fertility, the God of agriculture, the God of peace. At this time is where they switch off. Kū goes to rest and so as the God of politics is not present, you cannot commence with your political things which includes warfare all those things have to cease, your hard strenuous work, you have to stop because at this time the land has been working all year round. It’s allowing the land to rest and rejuvenate itself.”

And as the Makaliʻi aligned in the heavens signaling this time of rest, the stars seemed to fall in place all around the protectors, even on land, into the court room.

Maunakea Protector, Kahoʻokahi Kanhua, said, “The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court granted an emergency stay on the construction permit for TMT given the pending final opinion from the court. This is something we have been asking for from the start.

Fellow Maunakea Protector, Lākea Trask, said “We feel our deities constantly care for this place and this decision is part of that. It is the season of Makahiki, it is an affirmation of this being a time to let this place rest.

Kanuha said, “This is just proof of what is possible. We are stopping a $1.4 billion dollar project, backed by 5 nations. We have to continue, we have to keep going.”

Protectors pushed on in their efforts by taking this time to learn from one another through ceremony and workshops.

Mangauil said, “This is very makahiki. The people came together, we shared stories, we shared songs, we shared chant and hula, and we honored the place. So the aunties and people who do the work of law and stuff they are getting to share with the makaʻāinana with everybody and everyone around their story of knowledge that they have, and what things that they do, that they’ve been working on throughout the year. And I think that this is very important too, this is where we can already start visualizing together you know where do we want to move forward here in Hawaiʻi. Or for Maunakea. We want to stop TMT, is that it? What is really our vision for the mountain. Let’s share the story of the mountain so that we can, we know where we should be moving forward on this. So yea I think today is a great opportunity in just sharing those stories to inspire each other to, to continue in this good work. Very important that we continue today, it could’ve been very different, but mahalo we’re in that energy of Lono.”

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