Chiefs and members of the Squamish, Haida and Kwik wakwak tribes representing members of the First Nations (aboriginal peoples of Canada) gathered in kinship with Native Hawaiian families and friends from the Waimānalo homestead and other areas of O`ahu on March 3, 2013 to celebrate the lā hānau (birthday) of their keiki kāne (male child), Lason Lonona`ame`aopi`opi`o Taylor. The festivities held at the Waimānalo Beach Park, began with the heralding calls of the pū kahea (conch shell) to welcome guests and summon the presence of the benevolent Hawaiian deities from mauka i makai (the mountains to the sea) to come forth and join in blessing the occasion.
Highlighting the program of events was a seaside ho`ola`a consecration ritual officiated by Kahu to ho`omaika`i (give thanks) to Ke Akua (the Divine Source) for bestowing both the Hawaiian and Canadian indigenous families with the greatest of life’s treasures – the precious gift of a native son. During the ceremonial rite of passage, sacred prayers and chants were offered by Kahu beseeching the
Hawaiian family’s `āumakua (ancestral guardian spirits) to bless Lonona`ame`aopi`opi`o with a good life and guide him on the path of righteousness toward a bright future.
In appreciation for the gift of his spiritual services, the tribal chiefs and members of the First Nations honored Kahu and Mama Kahu Silva with a performance of native music, dance and the customary presentation of a ho`okupu (token gift offering). The dedication ceremonies culminated with the sharing of embraces and concluded with everyone enjoying a traditional Hawaiian `aha`āina piha makahiki (baby lū`au) feast as one big happy extended `ohana (family).