Aloha ʻĀina Merrie Monarch Parade

Aloha ʻĀina Merrie Monarch Parade
“Ua ʻākoakoa mākou i ʻaneʻi no kēia paikau Mele Manaka. A, kēia wā, he nani lua ʻole no ka mea, Ua huakaʻi mai nā ʻano poʻe like ʻole i ʻaneʻi no ka hoʻolauleʻa ʻana i ka hula, ke oli, nā mele.” Wahi a Hāwane Rios.

ʻAʻole nō naʻe ʻo ka hula me nā mele nā mea i hoʻolauleʻa ʻia ma ka paikau. ʻO ka manaʻo aloha ʻāina no Maunakea.

Wahi a Lanakila Mangauil, “ʻOiai he pilina ko ka hula i ke ao kūlohelohe, he koʻikoʻi ko mākou komo ʻana i kēia papahana e hoʻomaopopo ai iā kānaka no Maunakea.”

“Ua ʻākoakoa mākou mai Hawaiʻi a puni no ke kākoʻo iā Maunakea, me nā koa kūpaʻa ma ke kiaʻi mauna.” Wahi a Noʻeau Peralto.

“He ʻohana ko mākou ma nā mokupuni a pau, a ua manaʻo kēia ʻohana e komo a hōʻike i ko mākou aloha no nei ʻāina.” Wahi a Leilani Lindsey-Kaʻapuni me kāna ʻohana.

“Ua kaʻi mākou me ka manaʻo e kaʻanalike ai i ke aloha, ke aloha i ka ʻāina, ke aloha i ka mauna, ke aloha i ka wai ke aloha nō hoʻi kekahi i kekahi, a ua kaʻi nō hoʻokahi ka umauma, hoʻokahi puʻuwai.” Wahi a Hāwane.

A ʻo kēia hoʻolōkahi ʻana ka mea e hōʻoia ana i ka mau o ke kū kiaʻi mauna ʻana, me ka hoʻomaopopo ʻana i kānaka i ka waiwai me ka pili o kēia mea, he aloha ʻāina.

“ʻAʻohe mea nāna e hōʻole i ka pono o ka mālama ʻana i ko kākou honua. Paʻē mai ana ka leo aloha ʻāina o nā haneli kānaka ma kēia paikau.” Wahi a Lanakila.

“We gathered here at the Merrie Monarch parade to celebrate our practices of hula, chant, and song.” Says Hāwane Rios.

People also gathered to share emotions of aloha for Maunakea.

“To make a presence here, is really another layer of meaning to the hula. To the festival. This is what hula was created for. Hula was created by the motion of nature. It is our relationship with our environment. And, of all the places on this island that we know is the most highest is Mauna a Wākea.” Says Lanakila Manguil.

“I’m here with all these poʻe aloha ʻāina, people from our lāhui, from all over across the pae ʻāina to show our kākoʻo and our aloha for Mauna a Wākea. And for all of our aloha ʻāina that are standing on that mountain each and every day.” Says Noʻeau Peralto.

Leilani Lindsey-Kaʻapuni says that, “We come from all the islands, we have kūpuna from all the islands, and we gathered here today for this paikau because we love this land, and today was our opportunity to express that aloha.”

“As we came together to share positive messages about our valued resources, you could sense the strong love for place.” Says Hāwane.

This unification of people gave strength to those still on the mountain, and empowered others to join in the cause.

Lanakila says that, “The care of our land, and the health of our sacred places, for us, can never be swayed. So you hear the voices of our people today, you know, we had 400 strong walking in the parade and all all up and down the side, people standing up and chanting with us, they have their signs, and just all the consciousness of aloha ʻāina, the consciousness of ʻāina again, are starting to be sparked. You know, people are all starting to wake up, so yeah, we’re just helping everybody wake up, as we are still waking up ourselves.”

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