The morning had a chill, as the pacific gently rolled towards the shores of Waimanalo, and the site of the Waimanalo Makahiki 2013. The chilling and haunting voice of Kalama Cabigon filled the air, as the rays of sunlight began to break dawn, and Kalama began the ritual E Ala E. This signaled the beginning of our 4th annual Makahiki.
As our young warriors (competitors) began to file in for their event registration, you could sense the presence of our ancient people, marveling at the excitement of these young warriors arriving to test their skills at O’o Ihe, Ulu Maika or Moa Pahe’e. Families, friends and visitors filled the procession, as the Lono made the entry into the arena and the lele.
With the resounding sounds of the keiki of Hui Malama O Ke Kai, you could feel the chicken skin on your arms, as they walked by, chanting their Ahahui Oli. A steady processing of clubs, organizations, visitors and families proceeded with their offering (Ho’okupu), to be placed at the Alter (Lele). As the sounds of the games began, Hawaiian Civic Club president Maynard ‘Beanie’ Koa took charge of the announcement protocols, taking special care to speak frequently of the many Kumu Kahu, exhibitors and practitioners who gathered to support this years Makahiki.
As the day wore on one could feel the chill of the evening, embracing the shoreline and the forest with an eerie sense of an ancient presence surrounding us. As darkness fell, the young navigators of the Polynesian Voyaging society took charge of the night, as the skies opened up to expose the night skies filled with the brilliance of a starlit evening, and they began their display of navigational skills for all who came to witness this amazing performance. This signaled the beginning and the end of a magical day in the history of our people, and the Waimanalo Makahiki 2013.
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