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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

Kepakemapa - September 1996 Volume 2 Issue 9

 Hale Naua III

Hale Naua III is a non-profit organization consisting if indigenous artists that are geneaologically linked to those kanaka maoli of Hawai`i Nei. The chartered purpose of this organization is;

  • to assist in the restoration and perpetuation of Hawaii philosophy, culture, and tradition
  • to correct an insensitive and prejudiced interpretation of Hawaiian culture
  • to create awareness and recognition of Hawaiian art amongst other indigenous artists
  • to establish a Native Hawaiian Arts Council in order to administer and facilitate funding and commissions directly to native artists.

The first Hale Naua was established on the island of Maui in the 11th century by High Chief Haho, son of Paumakua. Hale Naua was primarily established to receive the genealogical credentials of persons desiring admittance to the `Aha Ali`i, the Council of Chiefs, or to come under the protection of the tribe proper.

King David Kalakaua re-interpreted the Hale Naua in 1886 as the “Temple of Sciences” after becoming inspired by the Masonic movement in Europe. In a effort to preserve what had become a vanishing culture, Kalakaua endeavored to document existing genealogies, inviting all Kahuana (shaman) to share knowledge of all aspects of the Hawaiian culture. The information was meticulously recorded, but the organization was forced `underground' when Kalakaua died in 1891.

“A Persistence in Culture”

In 1973, Rocky Ka`iouliokahihikolo`ehu Jensen, descendant from various members of Kalakaua's original group, re-established Hale Naua. By means of contemporary visual arts, lectures, literature, and films, the members spread awareness and appreciation of Hawaiian philosophy, culture, and traditions. During the past two decades, the society had coordinated and presented more than 100 exhibits, sponsored seminars & lectures, published cultural books, involved itself with native galleries, and consulted with documentary & feature film producers.

To establish a native perspective, Hale Naua continues to re-translate old manuscripts and document genealogies & family histories. It also remains active in the language, symbols, and traditions of the kanaka maoli.

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