Native Food, Native Stories
Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ceremonial and Social usages of ‘Awa in Hawai‘i, Then and Now
Presented by members of Hale Mua o Kuali‘i - Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe, Ph.D. Keaweaimoku Kaholokula, Ty P. Kāwika Tengan, and Kukini Suwa
Explore the history, significance, and symbolism of ‘awa in traditional and contemporary Hawai‘i Listen to stories of how ‘awa came to Hawai‘i, and tales of Native Hawaiian people and gods Kane and Kanaloa acquiring and preparing ‘awa . Esteemed cultural practioners and scientists will share their knowledge about consumption, preparation, and traditions of old and new.
Hale Mua o Kualii organization of men devoted to the perpetuation of the Hawaiian traditions of the kane (male) role and responsibilities in the community and home. Founded by Sam Kaai and Kyle Nakanelua the organization has played an important role in reviving the traditions of old for 21st century life. Ty P. Kāwika Tengan, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa; Keaweaimoku Kaholokula, Ph.D. is Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of Native Hawaiian Health; Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe, Ph.D. is Research Director for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Kukini Suwa is Kumu ‘Ōlelo Hawaii for the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language.