O Ku! O Ka! O Ku! O Ka!

Patience Bacon standing in front of Hawaiian Hall at the 7th Annual Bernice Pauahi Bishop Awards Dinner, where she was presented with the Robert J. Pfeiffer Medal. July 23, 2005. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 215864.
He Hoʻālohaloha no Patience Elmay Namakauahoaokawenaulaokalaniikiikikalaninui Wiggin Bacon.

An expression of aloha for our dear Aunty Pat who left on the path of no return on January 23, 2021, at the age of 100. Within her lived the legacies of those committed to preserving the invaluable knowledge of the past. Her own dedication to this noble calling came with a life devoted to the perpetuation of Hawaiian language, hula, mele, and cultural knowledge…

[Continuation of the words of aloha for Aunty Pat put forth by Bishop Museum today can be found by clicking here.]

O ku, o ka, o ku, o ka… 1908.

[Found under: “Ka Moolelo Kaao o Hiiaka-i-ka-Poli-o-Pele”]

Then Hiiaka replied, “If you really want to go with the two of us, you can take your young pig. There is but a short distance before you reach the crater. The crater is right there upland. You will find us in no time.”

“It is a tribute, like an uku, a fish from Kahoolawe,” replied Wahineomao, continuing on, “But there is one problem. Maybe when I get back, I will not find the two of you.”

“No. You will find us,” answered Hiiaka. “And when you are making the climb, say o ku o ka, o ku o ka, and keep doing that until you reach the crater. Continue reading

Mary Kawena Pukui, 1957.

Star-Bulletin Photo

Mrs. Mary K. Pukui

‘Words Are My Business,’ Says Kamaaina Author

By JEANETTE LAM

A new and important milestone in the long and fruitful career of Mrs. Mary Kawena Pukui is the long-awaited Hawaiian-English dictionary written by her and Dr. Samuel H. Elbert, University of Hawaii linguist. The dictionary has recently been released by the University of Hawaii Press. Continue reading

Mary Kawena Pukui, 1983.

KAWENA

Guardian of the Hawaiian Language

By Helen Altonn, Star-Bulletin Writer

SAMUEL H. Elbert vividly recalls the first time he met Mary Kawena Pukui. “She had a flower in her hair and she just captivated me.”

That was in 1937, on the top floor of the Bishop Museum. Pukui, affectionately called Kawena, had just joined the staff as a translator. She was working with E. S. C. Handy, an ethnologist, on a book entitled “Polynesian Family System at Kaʻu,” the Big Island home of her Hawaiian mother’s family. Continue reading

O Ku o Ka o Ku o Ka! 1908.

[Found under: “Ka Moolelo Kaao o Hiiaka-i-ka-Poli-o-Pele”]

At that point she [Wahineomao] turned and headed back. She set her eyes upon her aikane [Hiiaka and Pauopalae]. And then she once again intoned the words which her aikane [Hiiaka] taught her: “O Ku, o Ka, o Ku, o Ka.” Continue reading

George M. Keone reports the latest from Ewa, 1913.

NEWS OF ALOHA OF THE VOICE-HUSHING MARINE ANIMAL OF EWA

O Editor of the Kuokoa, Aloha to you and the hands of your ship carrying news:—Please have room for me to put my baggage, and if you agree to it, do paddle our canoe:

Hoe Puna i  ka waa aloha a ka ino,
Haukeuke i na hala o Kookoolau,
Eha e, Eha la,
Eha i ka makili kui a Kaulumano.
Hala ae ka maka walu ihe a ke ae,
Ku i ka pahu ku a ka awaawa,
Hananee ke kikala o ko Hilo kini,
Hoi luuluu i ke one o Hanakahi,
I ka pololo wahine o ka lua,
Wahine kui lei lehua o Olaa,
Laahia hewa hoi au i ko lei,
E ke aloha e! Continue reading

E o e Kuini Kapiolani! 1898.

HANOHANO NUUANU.

Hanohano Nuuanu aia iuka,
Kahiko i ka Ua Popokapa,
Ke nihi ae la Waolani,
A loaa maua i Kanenelu,
Wai auau a kuu aloha,
Me Eha hua hiu a wela,
Ua ahi ua wela Wananakoa,
I ka hooni a nei kupueu,
A he eueu au no Kahikina,
No na pali hulaana o Maui,
O ke ewe ia a o’u mau kupuna,
I lohe mai oe Koleakani,
Aulii ma hana a Piilani,
A he lani a he kupa no ka aina,
Haina ia mai ana ka puana,
Na Eha Hua hiu a Wela.

EHAHUA.

(Loea Kalaiaina, 7/30/1898, p. 4)

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Ka Loea Kalaiaina, Buke II, Helu 30, Aoao 4. Iulai 30, 1898.