Project Update

Since our October 15 workshop, Uncle Waltah and his haumana crew have been busy preparing for our upcoming one on Saturday, November 19th. As we work, an incredible number of daily visitors to our bay has been stopping to watch and ask questions about our project. The makai pā surrounding the 7 pou alo is done and the remaining 11 puka have been dug. The two mauka pou kihi are in place and ready to be cemented so all four corner posts are up! We have 5 more pou to put up and cement before we start setting pohaku for the mauka pā. You can already feel the mana surging from the pohaku and ‘ohia surrounding the hale!

Come down on Saturday and be a part of this exciting project!


Hale Restoration is Under Way

Our Hōnaunau Ola Mau Loa project shifts gears as we dig puka and begin to erect the upright posts of the hale. The first hale building workshop was held on Saturday, October 15th. Over a dozen volunteers participated in erecting all 7 makai posts! Our haumana and volunteers will continue working in preparation for our next community workshop on November 19th. Come on down and be a part ot this exciting cultural experience!

First Hale Building Workshop – THIS SATURDAY!

On Saturday, Oct. 15, we will be having our first hale building workshop as part of our project to restore the Hale o Ho’oponopono at Honaunau Bay.

We’ve been preparing the hale site, digging puka, sizing and trimming the ‘ohia posts, and gathering pohaku for the foundation during the past two weeks.

This first workshop will be for the Keoua community, a “soft launch” of our community hale building workshop series that will formally begin on Nov. 19. We’ll be working under the direction of the project’s certified hale builder, Walter Wong.

The series of eight community workshops will be publicized to the wider community and will run monthly from November through June 2017.

Our main task for this Saturday will be moving pohaku from a site on Napoʻopoʻo Road to our hale site at Honaunau Bay, and an overview of the hale building process including protocols and safety orientation.

The workshop will run from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and will include lunch.

Hope to see you there! For more info call Rafa at 238-4150.

Recruiting Hale Building Interns

Keōua is actively recruiting haumana for our Hale o Ho’oponopono restoration project. This is an opportunity for our local youth to learn hale building skills through hands-on experience under the supervision of Uncle Walter Wong, certified traditional hale builder. We are looking for applicants with the desire to perpetuate the knowledge of building Hawaiian hale and entering an exciting new career pathway.

Olokea Harvesting Part 2

Our harvest of ironwood for the olokea (scaffolding) is almost complete! We will be returning to the forest for a final two days of harvesting and debarking logs next Monday June 13th and Tuesday June 14th. On Tuesday, we’ll load up and bring all the logs down to Honaunau with our canoe trailer. It’s been an exciting process so far, with a strong core group of Keoua paddlers working together with Uncle Waltah Wong to gather the materials needed to begin rebuilding our Hale o Ho’oponopono. We hope to see a few more people take part in this initial stage and as the project progresses. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn hale building, an ancient but still viable, valuable skill.

A big mahalo to Sabrina Kirn, Paul Dill, Jim Wilson, Cindy Chao, Marvin Feldman, Pau’ahi Kamakau, Jesse Mahi, Trey Green, Josh Allen, Dennis Westscott, and Eli Kalei for their enthusiasm and hard work!

Olokea Harvesting

Keoua’s Honaunau Ola Mau Loa project is well under way! On Monday and Tuesday, Keoua volunteers joined Walter Wong and his hale builder haumana team to harvest ironwood for the olokea (scaffolding) for the restoration of the Hale O Ho’oponopono at Honaunau Bay. Big mahalos to Josh Allen, Trey Green, Dennis Westcott, Paul Dill, James Wilson and Rafael Ramirez for their hard work and spirit of laulima!