Produced by Papa Ola Lōkahi 2018
Produced by Papa Ola Lōkahi 2018
Papa Ola Lōkahi is pleased to announce the Pulse Survey as a means to better listen to and understand how our community members view health. Papa Ola Lōkahi is committed to conducting excellent practice and promoting quality care. This survey, designed to field community perspectives, is conducted every other year in order to better align Papa Ola Lōkahi’s practice with current community values and needs. Your feedback will serve as a valuable resource used to foster the development of relevant programs and services that will lead to continued, meaningful well-being within our Native Hawaiian communities.
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Papa Ola lōkahi is saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka, statesman and voice for the people of Hawai‘i. He was 93 years old.
Daniel Akaka served in Congress for more than 40 years, first in the House of Representatives, and then in the Senate. He was an advocate for education, veterans’ affairs and Hawaiian affairs, especially. He was known to work the halls of Congress with aloha. He developed relationships with both parties
He was supportive of Hawaiian programs in health, education, housing and others. In 1997, he was responsible for the revision of the Office of Management & Budget’s Circular 15 (OMB 15) to tease out Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders throughout all federal offices, institutes and agencies, which ultimately led to our own box to check in the Census. This was an early, but critical, move toward recognition of Native Hawaiians as a distinct people.
“He was such a strong voice for our people,” exclaimed Sheri-Ann Daniels, Papa Ola Lōkahi executive director. “He was approachable and he got things done. He was a true statesman.”
Photo by Kilipaki Vaughan, POL boardmember, March 2009.
Senator Akaka always welcomed Papa Ola Lōkahi whenever we travelled to Washington D.C., the perfect antidote to homesickness. His office exuded warmth and familiarity. Aunty Millie, his wife, sat down and talked story as if we were in her parlor. And the Senator never failed to end a meeting by singing “The Rainbow Song.”
Senator Akaka was awarded the Ka‘ōnohi Award by POL in 2005, for his significant contributions to Hawaiian health and well-being.
All of us on the board and staff of Papa Ola Lōkahi, the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems, and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program will miss him. All of our aloha to Aunty Millie, his children and their families, and to all the Akaka ‘ohana.
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Babette Galang and Kathleen Kang Kaulupali, both students of Papa Henry Auwae, recently shared a presentation about these "Healing Stones" in Waikīkī before taking POL staff down to see them earlier this week. They are part of a small group of stewards that have been cleaning and maintaining the site since 1988.
The following is excerpted from a report to the Queen Emma Foundation and the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources by Fields Masonry, 1997:
Centuries ago, from the island of Raiatea, four healers from the court of the Tahitian chief came to Hawaii: Kapaemāhu, Kapuni, Kīnohi and Kahaloa.
The four healers travelled throughout the islands ministering their miraculous cures to those who were ill. Their fame spread throughout the Hawaiian islands. Their services were sought after by chiefs and commoners alike.
They resided at a place called Ulukou in Waikīkī, near the Moana Hotel. When the time came for the four to return to their ancestral home, they requested four stones be placed, two at their place of residence and two at their favorite bathing place. On the night of Kāne, thousands transported four huge stones from the quarry in Kaimukī (former site of the King's Daughter's Home, at the juncture of 5th and Wai‘alae avenues) to Ulukou. Ceremonies and rituals lasted through another cycle of the moon and then four healers departed to their homeland, never to return. The four stones have been moved to several locations since, an in 1980, the City Department of Parks and Recreation relocated them to the current site at Kūhiō Beach Park.
Under the guidance of Papa Henry Auwae, Hawaiian organizations and the City & County worked to provide a proper setting for the stones. This included building a paepae (platform) for the stones to be placed and a fence to prevent further desecration. They have been placed in the same vertical and horizontal orientations as they were previously.
Planted nearby are naupaka kahakai, ‘ohe, and Hawaiian tobacco.
The haumana of Papa Auwae regularly go to Nā Pōhaku to clean and maintain this sacred site. They also share the history and significance with interested groups.