Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Salon #9

Happy Sunday! As the summer starts to wind down...yes, I said it...I find that I'm dreading my departure from this beautiful island, but excited for the next 4-5 months. I love the second half of the year, and know that there is a lot to look forward to.

Today I'm really only reading two books:
  • Table Manners by Mia King -- A really great book that I can't seem to put down. I needed to finish my second book here, but took a little peak and haven't been able to stop reading. I love the way that King mixes her narrative with descriptions of food & goodies!
  • The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer -- There really is no reason I shouldn't have finished this by now. All I can say is that I keep getting interrupted by work and life. I really enjoy it, so it's no reflection on the book, and plan on reviewing it ASAP!
In conclusion, I thought I'd share a little Aloha Spirit today by posting some pictures of the Hukilau we attended last weekend, along with pictures from the ceremony for Hamana Kalili. Kalili was the originator of the Shaka sign. Legend, family members, and eye witnesses from this community all say that it began because Hamana Kalili had lost his middle three fingers on his right hand, and as he worked on the railroad lines that hauled sugar cane, he would wave it on. People and children would wave back at him using the same sign, as their show of respect. In fact, there are pictures of Kalili where you can see he was indeed missing fingers. (For more information & a picture, you can see the Polynesian Cultural Center's site.)

First off, a Hukilau literally means huki -- to pull, and lau -- rope. Here I am putting ti leaves into the lau so that as it sits in the water with the nets, it is supposed to scare the fish into the nets. (Don't pick on was early, and I was tired, but so excited to participate!)

Next, here are the men preparing the nets. They take the nets and lau way out into the bay while groups of divers go down to make sure the net doesn't snag on anything as it is hauled in.

This picture is hard to tell what is going on, but if you look in the distance (and yes, the range of this net was a lot larger than I expected) there is a huge line of people pulling and dragging the net towards where we are holding down the other line of the net.

I couldn't get "the action" of pulling it in, as it was a bit chaotic and way too exciting to stop and take a picture, but I did get the remainder of the nets as everyone gathered to pull fish, crabs, and an octopus out of the net (no baby sharks this time).

Here is one of the fishermen putting the octopus back into the ocean.

Finally, I thought this picture was one of the best I took all day, as they carried the lau away at the end of the Hukilau.

From the dedication of a bust of the man Hamana Kalili that was donated to Laie Elementary, I took a picture of his direct descendant here in front of a model Shaka sign that was set up that day on Hukilau Beach.

Finally, besides wonderful stories, tales, and amazing food, there was wonderful singing and hula dancing in honor of the occasion. It was just beautiful.

***Thanks to Miss Marilyn & the Laie Community Association for such wonderful events. My apologies for names or items misspelled, or for missing information. All pictures of the events above were taken by me, for express personal use and to share here on One Literature Nut.


  1. How cool! That sounds like so much fun. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. :)

  2. I love the pictures! How cool. :)

  3. That's really cool and makes me realize how little I know about Hawaiian culture. I love the pictures!

  4. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Your pictures are great, I too would be sorry to leave such a beautiful place.

  5. I love the pictures! Enjoy your remaining time there!

  6. Those pictures are great!! Thanks for sharing them with us. :) Wanted to let you know I've given you an award here:

  7. Wonderful photo essay! I'm glad you've had such a fun summer.

  8. Thanks all! :) I wish you all could have been there...really!