Ahupua'a Markers

March 8th, 2010

Ahupua'a Markers

The majestic Ko‘olau mountains that have become a trademark of O‘ahu’s Windward side have a new adornment. Bright pink ribbons tied along roadsides serve as temporary boundary markers for the 11 ahupua‘a of the Ko‘olaupoko district. The Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club put the markers in areas from Kualoa to Maunalua Bay in Hawai‘i Kai and members recently took a driving tour with city and state officials to get approval of the sites.  Once approved permanent markers that look similar to street signs will replace the ribbons as early as June according to Civic Club President Mahealani Cypher.

“We wanted to educate the community so that they know what ahupua‘a they’re living in and so that they can better connect with the land,” Cypher said.

Members of the non-profit civic and community organization followed the last official Kingdom of Hawai‘i map from 1876 to determine the ahupua‘a boundaries. The initiative began after the creation of the ‘Aha Moku council in 2007 which provides community input for natural resource management issues.  A more culturally appropriate marker will also sit besides the signs. State officials have been working on a design that looks similar to a stack of stones from ancient Hawaiian times. The name of the ahupua‘a will also be visible on the marker.

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Alyssa S. Navares, PacificNetwork.tv

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7 Responses to “Ahupua'a Markers”

  1. Robert Ebanez:

    They should list all the Hawaiian families that had the original Royal Patent from the great Mahele in 1848. So, the decendants know where their ancestors once lived.

  2. John Garcia:

    Very interesting, Edgy! Would love to see a follow-up clip on these markers!


  3. elee:

    Hi John,

    We ought to see these markers with finished formal artwork as time goes on. Hopefully some later this year. Isn't it interesting to have these reminders of the past before it is all lost? Alyssa wrote this piece and she also recently covered a story about a heiau hidden away in the back of Hawaii Kai. Blame physicists for putting the ideas out there but these remnants of the past make it so easy to imagine that parallel universes exist. We whiz by these markers when thousands have walked these same paths long before us. I'd like to think they are still near.

  4. elee:

    What an interesting notion.

  5. La'akea:

    'Ano'ai e Edgy,

    I just viewed your story about the Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club's marking the ahupua'a in that district and the planned signs, a pile of stones. If I recall correctly, there was a carved pig head on the altar (ahu - altar; pua'a - pig) to mark the boundary. This was important during Makahiki when the procession would stop to collect "taxes" and a pig may be laid on the altar. If memory serves me correctly, many years ago, there was a wooden pig head, dyed reddish, dug up either in Kualoa or the North Shore area of Oahu.

    I don't know if they are aware of this but nevertheless, what a nice project!

    Aloha No, La'akea

  6. elee:

    Hi La'akea,

    Thanks for commenting. It is a wonderful project and so rare to see these days with all the cut backs.

  7. Kiliman:

    You have really great taste on catch article titles, even when you are not interested in this topic you push to read it