As we journey through the Hawaiian lunar months of Nana (March 3-31) and Welo (April 1-30), we begin to see changes in the ecosystems around us. Sunny days with showers occasionally pouring in are common. Aʻu (swordfish) fishing is in full swing, mālolo (flying fish) nets begin getting put to use, and the rough seas of the north shores begin to shift to calmer conditions.
One of the most notable environmental phenomenon is that of Ka Māuiili o Ke Kupulau, also known as Ke Ala`ula a Kane (Spring Equinox) when night and day take on equal parts. During this time it’s important to remember that the rains will soon fade and just as the sun will shine bright, our actions must shine bright as well. The winter was a time to self-reflect, a time of pō (night) and the unconscious mind, however, now we see a shift to the conscious mind. A time to take action, to inspire, and to make change.
Nana also overlaps with March and Women’s history month and with that being said, it’s only right to honor one of the most influential aliʻi and change makers of modern times, Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha, now well-known as Queen Liliʻuokalani. While many know her as the last monarch of Hawaiʻi, she was also vital in the protections of trails found across Hawaiʻi. In 1892 she passed the Highways Act alongside legislature that declared existing trails, roads, and bridges, as well as future government-built ones to be public highways protected in perpetuity, an act that has conserved our well worn historic trails. For all of her feats, may she inspire us all to continue to strive for positive change and the conservation of our wild spaces.
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The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.