Participating in an ʻawa ceremony is one of the most meaningful experiences we can have as kānaka. The high protocol and mutual sharing of ʻawa provides for reflection and commitment to one another and to ourselves as kānaka.
The swirling of the ʻawa, the ʻōlelo spoken, the dipping of the apu into the liquid and the role the kānoa has in anchoring the ceremony remind us how our culture is fluid. As we flow through our everyday lives, there are still touchstones that keep us focused and grounded to our ʻāina.
Understanding that connection to things beyond assures the culture and traditions of our kūpuna flourish with future generations. It is a reminder of the kūleana that we have as kānaka.
Mai poina a makaʻala e nā kānaka. E Ola!
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