So beautiful is the yellow flower of the Mamane up high in the forest of Hualalai! Native birds such as `I`iwi and `Apapane feed off the flower’s nectar. The bright yellow flower camouflages the endangered beautiful native Palila bird. The Palila has such a unique relationship with the Mamane, as it is the only bird that can digest the seeds of the Mamane.
Mamane (ma-ma-neh) is endemic to Hawai`i. It produces long-lasting hard wood used in fences, house posts, and Holua boards. The wood is so strong and hard it burns really hot producing a different color flame. Flower’s were woven into leis. It also useful in various medicinal remedies. The Mamane forest has been greatly reduced by hoofed animals.
(My apologies as I do not have the Kahako to correctly spell the Hawaiian words included in this text)
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Photo by Keolani Keawe at 6000′ Hualalai ~ Mahalo Kamehameha Schools for preserving this `aina!
The mo`olelo of `Ohi`a and Lehua as told to me by my ancestors. `Ohi`a was a handsome man, tall and fit in form. He was naturally good in sports and a strong warrior. The day he laid eyes on the beautiful Lehua, his heart was captured. The feeling was mutual as Lehua was mesmerized by him. Their love was true and beautiful. One day Pele set eyes on the handsome `Ohi’a and desired him for herself. `Ohi`a tried to be respectful but could not return any of her advances for he loved Lehua with all his heart. Pele became enraged when she saw his eyes light up and the happiness he felt when with Lehua. In her jealousy she turned `Ohi`a into a tree. Lehua begged and pleaded to please return `Ohi`a to her. Pele ignored her cries and left her sobbing at the loss of her love.
The gods were filled with sadness for this young woman, as she could not bear to live without her `Ohi`a, that they turned her into a beautiful flower and attached it to the tree `Ohi`a. Some say it was Pele herself who turned Lehua into the beautiful flower out of remorse.
You are warned never to pick Lehua upon entering a forest as the mist will come in and the rain will surely fall. Your way will be lost through the tears of the two lover’s being separated.
The `Ohi`a Lehua is endemic to Hawai`i. Some of the uses are: the wood was used for Luakini heiau, canoes, and temple posts. Leaf, Liko and Lehua used for lei, dye making, offerings, medicinal purposes such as to cure congestion and aid in childbirth. Native birds feed on the nectar. It is vital to Hawai`i’s natural ecosystem. The red Lehua is the official flower of Moku o Hawai`i.
To learn more and see how you can help our native forest, I recommend going to the site below. The keepers of the forest there are an amazing group, Uncle Keoki, Aunty Yvonne, Wilds, Lehua and Kekaulike…mahalo no ka malama pono ana I ka Nahele!
Happy Aloha Friday…Keolani Keawe
I am not alone feeling so helpless, yet wanting to help this family for all they are enduring. Please keep this family in your prayers, kiss your kids, and if you feel so inclined leave a donation. Holualoa shares in your sadness.
Me ke Aloha Pumehana, Keolani Keawe
Sustainable Coastline’s Hawai`i will be here Friday January 23 to kokua Ka Lae which is the South Point coastline. I used to love going on a huaka`i to Punalu`u in South Pouth with my `ohana. Tutu Peltier always made the most ono basket of lunch and dessert! I’m excited to travel to the hometown of fellow agent and friend Anastacia Abellera, Realtor. Anastacia and I will be happy to meet with you this Friday (1/23/15) at South Point on kokua clean-up, and, mainly to have fun. Come and join us and we hope to see you there!
Mahalo to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai`i for organizing events where we can truly be stewards of our `aina. I look forward to this kokua huaka`i where we will care for the South Point coastline of Hawai`i.
Hope to see you there! Mahalo, Keolani
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/sustainablecoastlineshawaii
Its not often I take the day off but I am sure happy I did! This past weekend I was so impressed by these high school students from around the island as well as neighboring islands compete in rodeo finals. Hawai`i will be well represented in Wyoming Nationals this July. Not just one but a few of these talented teen’s are homegrown right here in Holualoa. I was truly blown away by how hard these kids work and how well they performed. It was also amazing to see how much dedication parents & grandparents have as well working the gates, grounds and cattle to keep the event going smooth. Proud of all these talented kids and especially proud of Hailey Onaka who won All-Around Cowgirl and team Roping champs Kahiau Onaka & Ethan Awa all 3 of Holualoa! Kulia i ka Nu`u!
(Photo Credit: Anne Pacheco / West Hawai`i Today)
Holualoa is one of the most sought after places to live in Kona. The cool mountain breeze coming off Hualalai coupled with the lush green vegetation make it the ideal Hawaiian dream. As you drive along Mamalahoa Hwy, you’re guaranteed to see endless rows of coffee trees, as well as avocado, mango and vibrant tropical flowers, some of which we’ve been guilty of picking off the side of the road once in awhile. Needless to say, it’s gorgeous in Holualoa and we have a wonderful house on the market that you will love for it’s privacy, peace, beauty–and price. At just $525,000, you could be living the dream too.
Two-Story Home with Plenty of Space
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For more information on this home, contact Keolani Keawe R(B) at 808.896.5034 or Asia Becerra R(S) at 808.430.4550, or visit our website at myhawaiianrealtors.com.