Tribute...


Today, my two sons and I participated in an annual Tribute to our ancestor, Alfred Apaka, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. We gave a ho'okupu of sounding the conch shell, or pū, as it echoed far and wide throughout the area where the Kahanamoku 'ohana once resided and where Kamehameha landed his fleet of pele canoes in his campaign to unite the Hawaiian Islands before the decisive battle of Nu'uanu Pali. After the thunderous ho'okani pū, I put down my shell and grabbed my camera as the hālau hula entered the area with Alfred Apaka's statue. My first shot came out like this. When you kāhea, or summon, the ancestors, they always come...

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