Mahalo for your support of Hālau ʻŌhiʻa Hawaiʻi Stewardship Training
Hālau ʻŌhiʻa Hawaiʻi Stewardship Training is a unique personal and professional development program, developed and taught by Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani, for stewards of the Hawaiʻi landscape. Based on the idea that we are kin with our environment, just as we are kin with our siblings, parents, and grandparents, Hālau ʻŌhiʻa focuses on establishing and deepening familial relationships to the world around us by enhancing the ways we engage with our ʻāina (landscape) community and kānaka (human) community through the learning and practicing of Hawaiʻi lifeways. Proceeds from this campaign will help support Hālau ʻŌhiʻa.
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Hālau ʻŌhiʻa Merchandise
Get your Hālau ʻŌhiʻa gear that has been designed, printed, and prepared by the Hālau ʻŌhiʻa learners themselves.
Ulu ka ‘ōhiʻa a lau ka wai
At the beginning of each class, Hālau ʻŌhiʻa learners
chant a traditional oli, E Ulu Ē, to set the foundation
and intention of the learning space, as well as to
inspire and foster personal growth. A line in this
chant, “ulu ka ʻōhiʻa a lau ka wai,” speaks to the
abundance of water and life when our ʻōhiʻa thrive.
Representing the many life stages of the ʻōhiʻa, this
design captures the mole (tap root), lehua (flower),
hua (fruit), and ʻanoʻano (seeds) of this foundational
tree, and emphasizes that all parts of the ʻōhiʻa life
cycle are essential to the growth of our forests and
the health of our watersheds. Likewise, as kānaka
(people) of this Hawaiʻi landscape, setting strong
foundations, opening our minds to different ways
of connecting with people and place, and allowing
for periods of incubation that grow and foster our
knowledge allow us to become better stewards of
Hawaiʻi helping to build healthy, growing, thriving
landscapes and communities.
Ua lū kinikini ka ʻōhiʻa lehua
This design is inspired by the words “ua lū
kinikini ka hua ʻōhiʻa lehua, scattering thousands
and thousands of ‘ōhi‘a seeds.” This is the
opening line of the oli komo, or entrance
chant, for Hālau ʻŌhiʻa, written by Kekuhi
Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani. The design depicts
the different life stages of the ʻōhiʻa, starting with
the ripening of the hua or fruits, to the opening
of the seed pods, to the seed pods drying and
dispersing their seeds across the landscape. Like
the foundational role of ʻōhiʻa in maintaining the
health of native Hawaiian forest ecosystems,
we ourselves must develop our own cognitive
hua so that we may share this knowledge with
a wider audience to help our communities and
landscapes be healthy and strong.