Dec 14 2011

Save Our Kupuna From Kawaiaha’o Church

Save Our Kupuna From Kawaiaha’o Church

Kawaiaha'o Church

Picture of Hawaiian women Kawaiaha'o Church had arrested on March 13, 2011

Kawaiaha`o Church in Honolulu has been digging up `iwi kupuna – the bones of Hawaiians buried in the Kawaiaha`o Church so they can build a new social hall.

They have recently uncovered 23 separate gravesites and have unearthed 69 sets of iwi kupuna – native Hawaiian bones.

What the church plans –

They intend to remove any and all iwi kupuna from the former site of Likeke Hall and its surrounding areas in order to build a multi-purpose building.

The construction of this site will perpetuate a tragic legacy of the removal of over 100 iwi kupuna in 1940 when Likeke Hall was first built. Those iwi kupuna were taken to the Kamo’ili’ili cemetery, removed again when that cemetery was sold, and removed once again, cremated with other iwi kupuna, and re-interred on Kawaiaha’o‘s grounds. Removal of bones from their final resting place is the ultimate disrespect in our Hawaiian culture.

Kawaiahao Church

Kawaiahao Church. Photo courtesy of Pono Kealoha.

What you can do –

Call Kawaiaha’o church to voice your concerns – (808) 522-1333 or (808) 469-3060.

Call the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) – (808) 594-1835, and ask the trustees to take a stand to stop the digging. OHA has helped to fund this project with a $1.5 million grant of beneficiary money.

Call the Department of Land and Natural Resources – (808) 692-8015. and find out why the State Historic Preservation Department is not doing their job to protect the iwi kupuna under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Call the Department of Health – (808) 586-4400, and find out why they are issuing permits for the disinterment of iwi at Kawaiaha’o.

Our kupuna need your help!

Picture of Kawaiahao Church

Picture of Kawaiahao Church

Show up at Kawaiaha’o Church and see what is going on for yourself. If you have ‘ohana buried at Kawaiaha’o you should be concerned.

Those ‘ohana names that we know of include: Luther Aholo, Kalola, Spalding, Johnson, Kuamoo, Atwater, Turner, Laanui, Cooke, Ahia, Mrs. Hapai, Kaae, Parker, Kinimaka, Luka, Kulanui, Weir, Koko, Kavanaugh, Kamaiopili, Kehaulani, Kanewanui, Mossman and others.

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Dec 11 2011

Is it possible to misappropriate hula? Of course…

Reposting Steven Espaniola’s diatribe at his Tumblr which is a very important one considering some people may not have noticed this blatant sign of disrespect… but he did:



Screen cap Photo Credit: Steven Espaniola. Used for educational purposes only.

Screen cap Photo Credit: Steven Espaniola. Used for educational purposes only.


There was a point in history (decades actually) when hula was banned by the occupying Missionaries and it was not until the accomplishments of our last great King David Kalākaua, that hula was revived and restored to it’s rightful status.

The irony in all of this is that we’ve come full circle with ads like this one doing the same sort of damage, perpetuating the same type message that the early Missionaries preached which was that hula was a bad and shameful thing. It most certainly is NOT!

We need to put an immediate stop to these types of ads the moment we notice them so that we can educate the masses about the importance of hula and our culture. If you are reading this and share my thoughts, please take a moment to send Travelocity your feedback by clicking on the link below:

Travelocity Feedback:

BART Complaint Line: 510-464-7134

Steven Espaniola