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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Kuleana...


As our son Elliott nears graduation from Kamehameha, I wanted to impress upon him the immense kuleana he needs to hāpai as he grows into a man. Signified by the 'auamo ki'i, or carrying pole, he now bears the kuleana to ho'okanaka, to be the best that he can be. To Serve, Love and Honor Ke Akua. To Love and Honor his beloved kūpuna, 'aumakua, akua, and the Ali'i who came before him, in his lineage, and those that established a Legacy and Gift of Education that many others could have benefited from. 

He will support the Sacred and Mundane. The Chosen and the Common. He will protect the Life Giving Waters of Kāne. He will Protect the Mahi'ai and the Lawai'a. The Makers of Kapa. The Makers of Ki'i. And Everything in Between. He will continue his Hula. Be a Kahu of Spirit. To mālama the 'āina. To mālama pōhaku. He will fight to Protect Mountains. He will fight to protect 'ili'ili. He will help the Weak, Disadvantaged, and the Forsaken. To be a Pu'uhonua for others. A Place of Refuge. 

He has already given up part of his Dreams by turning down a generous offer from prestigious Columbia University in New York to stay home here, for John A. Burns Medical School, so he can truly help his Beloved Native Hawaiian people and give back to Ke Ali'i Pauahi. His Heart is much Larger than mine. Sadly, he will come to know more Sacrifice in the Future. He Shall Weather any Storm. He is Ka'iana. Named after Keawe-Ka'iana-a-'Ahu'ula. He is already bringing Honor to that Name. We are so Proud of him. Love him Forever and Beyond...

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