Hana kaulike, or justified physical labor, is a integral part of Hawaiian worldview, reiterating and restrengthening the timeless familial relationship between humans and the land. Some of the ways we work towards this at Makena is by clearing invasive species, doing beach clean ups, and planting native and drought tolerant plants. We also engage in this type of work because it is necessary to connect to the land while living in Hawaii. Many of our wonderful Makena team members accomplish this daily in their work lives.
On Saturday, May 20th some of our Makena team were able to travel mauka to build sweat equity and hana kaulike at the Naulu Koa at Puu Mahoe on Saturday.
Naulu is the wind that blows to Kanaloa from where we are in Honuaula. Naulu similarly refers to the rains that gathered at the highest points mauka and then provided rain to the lower leeward elevations.
Koa has multiple definitions, two of which being coral or shrine. Koa were built and used toward ceremonies that would make whatever it was dedicated towards multiply.
In this case, Naulu Koa was built to make the Naulu cloud and rain that stretches from Ulupalakua to Kahoolawe multiply, so that rain and water would once again reach Kahoolawe and help green and re-vegetate the area.
We are also thankful to join efforts to build connection to this special place and to each other. It is necessary to do this in Hawaii. We are thankful to be able to have our keiki join us to remember the importance of intergenerational experiences and learning opportunities.