Hawaii Rooted: Living a Cultural Legacy

Hawaii Rooted: Living a Cultural Legacy


Today, we’re known as the
last original family left still living in this valley. If I weren’t here, the culture
and the history would definitely die, you know, forever. Growing up, I wanted to be exactly like my father. He was a cultural practitioner,
a teacher. He was my hero by teaching me the
culture and bringing me up in this way. To walk in the same footsteps as
my ancestors. Harvest foot and taro from the
same places that my father has taught me to harvest from. To take my son to the same fishing
holes that still catch the same type of fish that we’ve caught for many generations. That’s the type of joy this place
brings me. Halawa. Ha, meaning breath or life. Lawa, which means sufficient. A lot of people never get to hear
the stories of places like this. People never see us Hawaiian people
for who we are because they never get to see the culture. The minute we don’t share, that’s
the minute our culture dies. Culture needs to be shared. That is why I choose to live this
lifestyle and I choose to live this way. It’s not an easy life. I sacrifice a lot. I miss the sound of my children
walking with me in the mountains. They live totally on a separate
island in a city because I believe in them having the best education possible. To keep your culture alive, you’ve
got to keep up with modern times. But at the same time, they do come
here and spend a lot of time with me. We come from a very special place
and a very special land. It’s very important to keep all
of these things going. If nobody does it, then who will?

18 thoughts on “Hawaii Rooted: Living a Cultural Legacy

  1. There's this society and culture right next to you with some amazing technology, you dont have to be a fuckin fisherman to survive, pretty damn great if you ask me.

  2. lol ok Greg. Real hawaiians are already living off the land the way their ancestors did. You have fun playing pretend hawaiian with your 23 and Me results

  3. Thank you for keeping your culture alive for us all to see Greg!
    In light of the recent Brazilian fires, it's important to be involved with our cultures and practice them lest they die out.

  4. "Culture should be shared." Yes! and the liberals want to use cultural appropriation as a means to ignore sharing culture and oust it.

  5. That's must be pretty terrifying knowing that you are the last original Hawaiian family. No should have to see their culture slowly go away.

  6. I love hawaii, my ansisters home a Big part of me aloha au iā Hawaii, koʻu'āina makuakāne

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