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Earth Day Hawaii

A call fo everyone to care to care for the Earth

Mālama i Ka `Āina

The Hawaiian word for earth is `āina. Derived from the verb `ai, which means to eat or nourish and the suffix na, `āina literally means that which feeds, nurtures and sustains life. Terrestrially and spiritually, the `āina was traditionally associated with the feminine principle Haumea and the Hawaiian Earth-mother goddess, Papa.

The ancient Hawaiians were an agriculturally oriented society with a genuine reverence, respect and aloha (love) for the `āina. The `āina was sacred, the source of sustenance and the Hawaiian’s continued existence as an indigenous people. They practiced conservation, preservation and protection of the Earth`s natural resources. They maintained balanced environmental eco systems and lived holistically with all of nature. They embraced the philosophy that if you take care of the `āina, the `āina will take care of you.

Sadly, the `āina of Hawai`i today is oversaturated with people and cars and our ocean is polluted. Once abundant Hawaiian natural resources are depleted and invasive foreign species are destroying our flora and fauna. The traditional concept of “Aloha `Āina” is gone from the hearts of island residents. As Hawaiians, we have been inherently entrusted with the designated kuleana (responsibility) to serve as stewards of the land and to mālama i ka `āina (care for the Earth). Therefore, it is important that we observe of Earth Day on April 22, 2017 and unite in support of environmental protection and preserving the natural resources of our beloved Hawaiian `āina and all the precious resources and gifts of nature all over the world – on the land, the sea and the sky.

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono

The Life of the land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.

HI Tech Meets Ancient Values

Ancient Hawaiian Values Energize High Tech Team The Hawaii Medical Services Association, Hawaii’s, largest health insurer, invited Kahu Silva to be a guest speaker and deliver the invocation opening their Information Technology Department meeting at HMSA’s office on Ke`eaumoku St., Oahu. With customary ceremonial protocol, Kahu performed an honorific oli aloha (welcoming chant) to greet… Continue Reading

Historic Pumping Station Blessing

Kaka`ako Pumping Station Opening on Oahu  September 9, 2016: Kahu Wendell Silva performed a ceremonial re-dedication of the newly restored Kaka`ako Pumping Station on Ala Moana Blvd. Built in 1900, funding for the restoration was made through a Hawai`i State Legislative Grant-in–Aid award to the Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) to create a resource and training… Continue Reading

Hawaiian Blessing of the Land for New Homes

Hawaiian Land Blessing for New Homes Pre-Construction Blessing for Residential Development The lush scenic valley of Keolu Hills, Kailua O`ahu, provided a beautiful setting for residents and members of the community to gather with Kahu Silva and the Greene Waters Group, developers of the Akamai Gardens Residences for a pre-construction site blessing. The event was presented… Continue Reading

Hawaiian Sovereignty Day Celebration

LĀ HO’IHO’I EA – Hawaiian Sovereignty Day Celebration   On July 30th, 2016, Kahu Kalanikapuaenui Silva gathered with hundreds of Native Hawaiians who united in the “spirit of aloha” at Thomas Square to celebrate Hawaiiʻs “ Lā Ho`iho`i Ea” (Sovereignty Restoration Day).  This historic event which is held annually on the Island of O`ahu commemorates the… Continue Reading

Conquering Challenges

Traditional Hawaiian Values Empower Teen Ambassadors Conguering Life’s Greatest Challenges with Aloha Kahu Silva had the pleasure of performing a unique Hawaiian blessing of the members of the Teen Advisory Council Summit gathered at the Hina Mauka care office in Kāne`ohe. The 22 high school students were chosen from all socio-economic levels from every major… Continue Reading

Canoe Blessing

Kahu Silva blesses canoe for Hui Lokahi canoe club. Lolo `ana i Ka Wa`a: Imparting Brains to the Canoe & Becoming One with It A rarely seen traditional Hawaiian canoe ho`ola`a (consecration) ceremony called Lolo `ana i ka wa`a (imparting brains to the canoe) was performed by Kahu Silva for the launching of Hui Lōkahi’s… Continue Reading

Blessing to Promote Heath & Fitness

Grand Opening Blessing For New CrossFit Gym The official grand opening ceremonies for CrossFit KBlock health and fitness center located in the Kāne’ohe Shopping Center was held on April 18, 2015. The festivities started with a traditional Hawaiian blessing performed by Kahu Silva. Assisting Kahu Silva with the pi-kai (water sprinkling purification) ritual and the customary unraveling… Continue Reading

Tribute to Hawaiiʻs Veteran Warriors

 Ka Lā Ho`opau Kaua – Armistice Day In the 50th State On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour in 2014, Veterans Day ceremonies were held at the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial to honor the 101 selfless individuals who died and the 10,000 military service personnel from Hawai`i who proudly served… Continue Reading

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