Makahiki - Punana Leo
Makahiki is the Hawaiian celebration of harvest time and acknowledgment of a new agricultural season and new year. Related is Makaliʻi hiki which refers to the rising of the Pleiades, that rascal star grouping that so many cultures recognize, some even credit the star cluster as home to earth's original inhabitants who visited our planet and stayed, but that's another story. The word could also be related to ma Kahiki, "as in Tahiti" and linked to the god of fertility, Lono, who was known to take the physical form of a mortal man. This year's Makahiki was Punana Leo's 3rd annual public celebration welcoming Native Hawaiians and non Hawaiians to Kapiolani Park, in the shadow of Diamond Head, just steps from Waikiki Beach. As you may know, Aha Punana Leo is the non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Hawaiian language community, organizing the Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language immersion preschools throughout Hawaiʻi.
Enjoy this brief clip (for more visit PacificNetwork.tv) where you can see hints of modern Thanksgiving and Christmas celebratory traditions in the feasts, games, and community celebration. In ancient times during this period the people stopped working and made offerings to the chief or aliʻi, and then spent their time eating, dancing, surfing, and having a good time. War during those four months was kapu (forbidden). A good habit we would be wise to re-visit.
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