Hawaiian place names are explained in a new National Park website. See more below. NPS photo
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The post quotes the late Mary Abigail Kawenaʻulaokalaniahiʻiakaikapoliopelekawahineʻaihonuaināleilehuaapele Wiggin Pukui, the composer, dancer and Hawiaian language and cultural expert from Kaʻū: "Ola ka inoa - The name lives." from ʻŌlelo Noʻeau.
The new website notes that "Hawaiian place names have been around longer than any others and are an invaluable resource for learning and understanding indigenous culture. Even before the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, western colonization had already erased many indigenous place names. This stifled Native Hawaiian peoples’ access, practice, and connection with the place names. Restoring place names is no easy task, even among indigenous people. Traditionally, these names were passed down in most cases through oral tradition. Today, advocates of this process link indigenous names to early maps, books, deeds and legal descriptions. Through these efforts indigenous place names can be restored to maps and the modern lexicon, a process that aids in the preservation and protection of cultural heritage."
Learn about Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's program to restore Native Hawaiian place names in the park: https://go.nps.gov/bm7ip8.
MAUNA LOA FOREST RESERVE reopened this week. It was closed for months following the eruption of Mauna Loa. Department of Land & Natural Resources' Division of Forestry & Wildlife also reopened Unit A of Mauna Kea Forest Reserve & Game Management Area. south of Daniel K. Inouye Highway across from the Gil Kahele Recreation Area, also known as the “slice.” DOFAW asks that people stay off the 2022 lava flow to protect themselves from hazardous conditions. These include, but are not limited to, hot spots with high temperatures, unstable footing, and sharp lava rocks.To read comments, add your own, and like this story, see facebook.com/kaucalendar. See latest print edition at kaucalendar.com, in the mail and on stands.
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