Kahanu Garden

October 26th, 2009

Kahanu Garden

The Kahanu Garden in Hana Maui is one of two National Botanical Gardens in Hawaii. The other is in Kauai. This garden is a non-profit organization that survives on public donations, gifts from philanthropists, and revenue from tours. What sets this garden apart from all others is that it is home to the biggest heiau in the Pacific region. It's nine football fields long and four stories high. Yes. Hale O Piilani was built by the descendants of the great Chief of Maui, Piilani, who was instrumental in uniting the island of Maui under one rule.  Archeologists found that the heiau was built in four phases starting in the 12th century and ending in 16th century at the time of Piilani's rule.  The massive structure was restored in the 1990s by Bishop Museum and local families from Hana who volunteered their time and excavated and cleaned the site. The garden is beautiful.  It's also home to a variety of plants of Polynesia.

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7 Responses to “Kahanu Garden”

  1. johnboy:

    "Life is Good?" With all that's going in the state you need to either change the title or get rid of this crappy blog.

  2. elee:

    Why? Why is life not so good for you is what I'm getting.

  3. Iliana:

    Well, life does suck every now and then, but if you are angry at a blog that is actually trying to educate and also perpetuate Hawaiian culture, then you have a problem. Edgy, I think your blog is amazing, so keep up the good work.

  4. Moke Young:


    "Life is Good!"

    I've used that motto since 1979 because I've been successful & blessed in so many ways. It's like having an angel watching over you, at the same time, I attribute that to our spiritual being that everyone is born with; bar none!

    I am so very happy that my parents and family were generous beings because generocity has a way of keeping one focused on the well bieng of others and when you focus on others instead of yourself, it allows you to understand that "Life is Good," when you can do things for others to uplift their souls and especially with a simple How Do You Do with a huge smile!

    The effects are contagious & enlightening!

    Everyday is a blessing for me and I am truly gratified for living knowing that I've been blessed to have lived 49 years engaged in an awesome lifestyle that went from finding Joy in materials, addictions and money to one where I find solace by just being able to love again.

    To enjoy each and every minute of the day no matter what the circumstance while elated with my possessions to include awesome kids, friends & family is just amazing.

    When ones life stalls or becomes a product of the economical down turn, you know that your spiritual being is weak and your attachments sucking you dry spawning fear, anger and wonder to the mix.

    Your soul is imprisoned!

    You need spiritual nourishment and in Hawai'i, there are so many sources to draw from if you have the will, direction, passion & forward thinking mentality.

    Only the weak minded struggle with it & come up with so many excuses vice solutions that includes personal attacks as is the case with the intial poster/blogger who's soul is definitely confined.

    There are many sucked into the economical sunami whom don't see it as a blessing forcing many to reconsider over extending their reach living on credit and false pretense that can have detrimental results in the longrun.

    Just look around you!

    In Hawai'i we've been blessed with natural resources such as the Kahanu Garden Heiau site that provides a living example of our connection to the spiritual world from birth like it or not.

    It's a fact that past leaders knew how important it was to be mindful of this and use it to provide much needed balance.

    When we named our youngest child, I wanted to see one of my children as a mechanism to reach heavan and named her Pi'ilani or the "Stairway to Heavan" as is the case with the great chief of Maui.

    The Kahanu site is definitely a Stairway to Heavan with it's massive sive and height.

    Life can really be good, when one can enlighten another being through love or by shedding a bright light because Life is No More Than Sharing and we are no more than warning beacons or light houses in the big picture!

    It's always nice to see a living Ahupua'a or large region of land like the Kahanu Heiau that is alive and I love the fact that indigenous plant lif is being cultivated and then some because seedling's bring life, hope & someday fruit, medecine or shade.

    The one thing I learned from living with the Amish and Menonite in Lancaster, PA. and rural Ohio, is that folks take great pride in their land tilling the soil systemmatically and if they lived in Hawai'i where we have the largest climatic growing conditions, the landscape would be fluorishing with beauty, food & every useable plant known to man fluorishing by virtue of that spiritual trait we were all blessed with.

    This is another fine example of a Hawaiian treasure to preserve and build upon instead of land going untilled and left to wilt & go un-noticed.

    Many of our Hawaiian landmarks have been positioned because of the inherrent vibe and Mana present that should never be underestimated and instead realized, built upon and perpetuated as a life source for all to experience.

    Locations like this can help many grow and gain much needed spiritual nourishment as is the case with a moon lit beach during the golden hour that is priceless and much more valuable than the almighty dollar that continues to decline in value.

    "Life is Good," when your soul is able to roam and engage in spiritual nourishment daily.

    Living in Hawai'i is like cheating because there are so many sources or places to draw from and grow with unlike many other locations in the world that should be experienced and preserved!

    Good job to those at Kahanu Heiau & I am hoping too that you folks will make it grow beyond a walking tour to a living Ahupua'a from mountain to sea; all inclusive!

    Mahalo's for revealing such a huge spiritual site that would make for awesome meditation or making good music.

    Keep up the awesome efforts & understand that many need to see these examples to one day find their souls & become gratified for living!

    It's the biggest challenge in this Life is to free your soul!

    With Aloha,

    Moke Young

  5. johnboy:

    Just saying, change the title. With all the layoffs, furloughs, etc. it just doesn't make sense.

  6. elee:

    Dear Johnboy:
    Aloha Johnboy:

    When we called this blog “Life is Good” it was about life in Hawaii and the intent was to give the Honolulu Advertiser's two million on line readers, most of whom don't live here, a behind the scenes look at how we do it in Hawaii. Some of our videos would show folks that we have retained something very special here in the Islands. Not all of us have to be millionaires to enjoy life. Not all our kids go to private schools, they can't afford $500 shoes, or Prada bags but they feel good about themselves. We live in one of few communities who still have good fun sitting in a garage pau hana with friends and family and there's no price tag on this. So if you've been slammed against a wall you didn't see coming that doesn't mean forever. It might mean that the path changes. It might mean that there is something really good coming your way and who am I to be so presumptuous to think I feel what you feel. I only know that when we titled this show show we meant it.

    Life is good. Regardless of how the world is spinning into uncertain times families can still enjoy the holidays without spending big wads of cash they don’t have this year. And who knows how to do this better than the people of Hawaii who built a multi-cultural community isolated from the rest of the world with limited resources and let’s not forget four years of martial law in Hawaii during WWII. A story we have been working toward bringing to film.

    Under martial law all civilian movement was restricted. General Orders regulated traffic, firearms, gasoline, liquor, hours of work, possession of currency, collection of garbage, rent control, travel, speed limits, dog leash laws, freezing of wages and employment, mandatory fingerprinting and registration of girls over sixteen. Complete censorship of the press, mail, cable and wireless telephones. Restaurants, bowling alleys, bars, and all places of amusement were regulated. Native lands were taken and some never returned. Racial profiling was so common that it did not even exist as a concept. Citizens faced blackout restrictions from dusk to dawn. Land holdings throughout the islands shifted dramatically and remain as such to this day.

    Six months after December 7th, it was evident that a second attack by Japan was unlikely but when congressional representative Joseph Farrington Jr. set out to garner support from Washington colleagues to modify or eliminate martial law, his efforts were subverted by a group of businessmen who enthusiastically supported martial law because they profited by lowered and frozen wages. Three daring Honolulu attorneys at substantial risk to their careers challenged the imprisonment of their civilian clients by means of the judicial process known as the writ of habeas corpus and the story gets even better. But in 1944, a leading journalist concluded that the Hawaiian people had "experienced a greater regimentation in thirty months of war than that of any other American community in history." A federal judge characterized martial law in Hawaii as "the antithesis of Americanism." But nevertheless, citizens found a way to live their lives. They grew their vegetables in victory gardens. They lived on rationed canned goods and rice. They hanai'd whole families who had lost their homes and lands. They home schooled and they created board games to play at night. They still made their okolehau and had underground jazz clubs. They maintained a local lifestyle during these times and romances blossomed and babies were born. And during these four long years of hardship the local and national press did not print this unusual story because the news remained censored until winter of 1944.

    Today we’ve all understandably lost faith in big corporations and in the men and women who have supposedly been running things and making unfathomable salaries while leaving crumbs for the American worker. And ok so milk is $5 a half-gallon, bread as much as $6 a loaf, and local travel numbers have dipped to an all-time low. People who are experts in their fields are getting laid off after 20 years of service to one company and no new jobs in sight. This global economic crisis is rocking the American lifestyle and we’re feeling the effects like everyone else but we'd better be getting stronger not just angry.

    My parents and grandparents survived a depression, World War II and then martial law in Hawaii. These generations experienced loss of life, lands, truncated careers and educations. They lived through it and they survived and thrived. They had very little money and they lived through suppression of civil liberties we often take for granted and for Native Hawaiian and local Japanese families their losses were even greater. If they made it and managed to raise us baby boomers who protested the Vietnam war and other social issues that changed this country, and we just put Barack Obama in the White House, we can make it through these tough times. But we ought to be doing a quick self-check on how we’re preparing ourselves and our kids for a new life in America. Pundits say that economic waves rise and ebb. Money comes and goes. Not everyone is destined for an NFL contract or a platinum record or a six-figure bonus or a custom fleet of jets to whisk you off to Congress to ask for billions of dollars in bail out funds for a company that laid off thousands of good hard working people. We might be as disillusioned as you may be and there are millions of us feeling that broken trust and lack of faith in government or in the company that promised us loyalty and showed us none, or in a credit system that was flawed. But didn't somebody's grandmother always say that life is not fair but It's what you make it ? So for many of us life goes on. And Life is still Good.


  7. Palani:

    The people in the business world create jobs and there are a lot of charlatans out there but 70% of them are small businesses. They're the spine. We bail out these big companies and don't help the small businessmen. Did they get any help from the stimulus packages like AIG and other fat corporations? I need someone in office who can take care of the small guy who employs maybe 5, 6, 9 people. That's who needs the help. The way our government works is that they're taking care of the big guys. Obama is doing the same thing. I say___ them all. The grass roots people of America need to start waking up and dont' give us that trillion dolllar burden and on Obama's watch? What is he doing? We're over 10.2 % unemployment in America. Edgy re-focus your energy. It's the government that we put in that is not telling us the truth. All of them. At this point we have to stop and rise and awaken.

    Palani Bernard