Nā I'a

HOW TO USE THIS SITE:

There are 3 main subjects.

NĀ I'A - marine life - gives you access to a variety of i'a or marine life that you will find on various types of shorelines.

PILINA KAI - connecting to our ocean - returns you to this opening page. From this page you can access the bibliography page, acknowledgements page, thesis summary page and about the author page.

KA HANA - activities to help connect to our ocean - gives you access to some activities and resources that assist in re-establishing your relationship to our ocean.

 

kiholo

hanalei

For Educators

Acknowledgements

About the author

Thesis summary

 

Send comments and questions to: pelikaok@hawaii.edu

Ka Hana

 

pilaa

kalaemano

kalihiwai

moomomi

waikoko

Kilauea

Pilina Kai

 

"Our elders have created for us a sacred way of being in the universe. It is our responsibility to pass this understanding on to the next generation."

Tessie Naranjo (Pueblo, North America)

Ho'i i ka pilina kai is an effort to reconnect ourselves to our environment and through that connection rediscover ourselves as kanaka. Based on the kumulipo, our people were born of this ocean and of this land, which has sustained us for thousands of years--- feeding us body, mind, and soul. Today the relationship has changed and as a majority we no longer are connected to our environemnt in the intimate way our kupuna were.

kupuna . waimea fishtrap

“...recover ourselves, to claim a space in which to develop a sense of authentic humanity.”

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Maori, Aotearoa)

 

Through re-establishing our relationship with our oceans and recognizing our environment as a family member to be cared for in a familial way, we begin the journey to heal ourselves.

moomomi

"Different places have a different degree of sacredness depending on your relationship to it"

Kekuhi Keli'ikanaka'ole (Kanaka Maoli, Hawaii)