Manuiki Foundation

 

The Manuiki Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity consisting of a vibrant all-volunteer community of committed and caring individuals dedicated to the preservation and perseverance of the Hawai‘ian culture. All donations are tax deductable.
 
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Burien, WA. 98168

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Would you like to talk with me? I'm a menehune and can respond to your typed questions. Go ahead and ask me anything and I will see if I can answer you. Type in your question, then press the "Ask" button. Ask like this:"How old are you?" or "What is your name?" You may also ask me in Hawaiian, such as "O wai kou inoa?"


<b>Sorry</b><br/><br/> I'm sorry, either you misspelled something or perhaps I don't understand because of my Niihau dialect. Even though I am old I am still learning. It is possible that my Kumu hasn't shared that information with me yet, but you might want to see if this website can answer your question. I hope this helps: <a href="http://manuikifoundation.com">Manuiki Foundation</a> <br><br/> <b>Name</b><br/><br/> My name is Makalei. O Makalei ko'u inoa. I was named after the Makalei tree which today lives only in fable. The makalei tree is said to be attractive to any living thing.<br />When the leaves and bark are crushed and spread on the water the fish come to the top because they are attracted to the scent. <br/><br/> You can read about the Makalei tree in <a href="https://archive.org/details/legendsofgodsgho00westrich" target="_blank">the story "THE MAID OF THE GOLDEN CLOUD" in the book "Legends of the Gods"</a> <br/>Another story about the Makalei tree can be found in <a href="https://archive.org/details/legendsofoldhono01west" target="_blank">"THE GOD OF PAKAKA TEMPLE" in the book "Legends of Old Honolulu"</a> <br/><br/> Here is a song that includes a reference to the Makalei.<br/> ʻAuhea wale ana ʻoe E ka ʻiwa hoʻolaʻilaʻi Kikaha mālie,<br/> Kikaha mālie I ke alo o nā pali<br/><br/> Ua pali e ke kua Mahina e ke alo He ʻōiwi nani,<br/> He ʻōiwi nani Kō kuʻu ipo nohea<br/><br/> ʻO nā maka hōʻeuʻeu ʻUmeʻume i ka puʻuwai Ua like nō ka uʻi,<br/> Ua like nō ka uʻi Me ka ʻōhiʻa noho malu<br/><br/> Pōhai mai nā manu I ke ʻala hoʻohenoheno ʻO Mākālei ka hoa,<br/> ʻO Mākālei ka hoa I ke ona hoʻomau ʻia<br/><br/> Haʻina mai ka puana No ka ʻiwa hoʻolaʻilaʻi Kīkaha mālie,<br/> Kīkaha mālie I ke alo o nā pali <br/><br/> This is a song for you<br/> The ʻiwa bird so relaxing<br/> Gliding easily<br/> Gliding easily<br/> By the front of the cliffs<br/> His back is as straight as a cliff<br/> His face as bright as the moon<br/> It's a beautiful sight<br/> It's a beautiful sight<br/> You are my sweetheart<br/> Your eyes are tantalizing<br/> They're drawing the heart<br/> It's just like the beauty<br/> It's just like the beauty<br/> Sitting in the shade of the ʻōhiʻa tree<br/> The birds gather about<br/> To enjoy your appealing scent<br/> You are likened to the Mākālei<br/> You are likened to the Mākālei<br/> Always being attractive forever more<br/> To all my story is told<br/> Of the ʻiwa bird, quietly poised<br/> Gliding easily<br/> Gliding easily<br/> <b>Age</b><br/><br/> By your standards I am very old but in Menehune years I am still very young. <b>Live</b><br/><br/> My home (hale) is in a forest near a river called Wailua in a region known as Puukapele on the beautiful island of Kauai. It is a land of great deeds and magical powers. Would you like to hear a story about <a href="http://www.knudsentrust.org/eak-tales-ghostofpuukapele.html" target="_blank">The Ghosts of Puukapele?</a> <b>Eat</b><br/><br/> I like to eat opae, coconut, mangos, mountain apples and I love to eat poi. Yum POI !!! <b>Drink</b><br/><br/> I like to drink coconut water and water fresh from the waterfalls that flow into the Waimea river. Sometimes I will take a sip of okolehao and dance. <b>Play</b><br/><br/> I like to dance and play games with stones. I go swimming in the ocean and the river. I love to hula. <b>Work</b><br/><br/> I am a stone cutter, but I only work by night. If the project isn't finished in one night I cannot go back to it.<br /> The local menehunes have a saying, "He po ho'okahi, a ao ua pau" which means "In one night, and by dawn it is finished." <b>Swim</b><br/><br/> I love to swim. I love going to the beach. <b>Swimming</b><br/><br/> Swimming is one of my favorite sports <b>My relatives</b><br/><br/> I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters who live in the same menehune village that I do. The rest of my relatives live on the other side of the island. <b>My friends</b><br/><br/> I have a lot of friends who make me very happy. Would you like to be my friend? <b>Holiday</b><br/><br/> Yes, isn't that a great holiday? <b>YES?</b><br/><br/> Thank you, that makes me feel so good. <b>That is ok</b><br/><br/> I understand. Perhaps in the future. <b>Aloha</b><br/><br/> Aloha. He aha ka mea hou? (How goes it?) <br/><br/> What does “Aloha” Mean?<br/><br/> Aloha is a word that many have heard, but is often misunderstood. Most people think that “Aloha” is a word that means both hello and goodbye. The true meaning of Aloha is so much more than that. It is true that in Hawai'ian we say “Aloha” both when greeting someone and also saying goodbye. But that is not to be taken literally. The real meaning of Aloha in Hawai'ian is that of Love, Peace, and Compassion. It is the guideline of how to live – a life of Aloha is one when the heart is so full it is overflowing with the ability to influence others around you with your spirit. Many people when coming to Hawaii feel the need to say “Aloha” every time they see someone, and every time they say goodbye. This in a way weakens the strength of the word. Saying “Aloha” should come genuinely from the heart, as that is what it means – sincerity of the heart. <br/> Once you understand what Aloha means, you will get a better glimpse of Hawai'ian life where family (Ohana) and the connections of the heart are one of the most important aspects of our culture. <br/><br/> The Aloha Spirit<br/><br/> While you are in Hawai'i you may hear references to the “Aloha Spirit”. This is one of the largest signs that Aloha means much more than hello/goodbye. The Aloha spirit is what we strive for in life, and is a good guideline for treating people around you with love and compassion. The best part of Aloha is that the more you express your love and compassion for yourself and those around you, the more it comes back to you. That is why it has become such a part of everyday language in Hawai'i. That is why people say it when greeting or saying goodbye – we want to perpetuate the feeling so that the Aloha Spirit continues throughout the day. <br/> So we encourage you to make Aloha part of your vocabulary, but please do it knowing the true meaning, so that you can say it with significance and sincerity. <br/> <center><strong>With that, I will say “Aloha” to you and your Ohana!</strong></center> <img src="../images/alohahawaii1.jpg" width="728" height="469" alt="Aloha" /> <center><b>Do you like tiki's? I have a favorite tiki website.</b></center><br/><br/> <a href="http://www.exotictikiisland.com/" target="_blank"><img src="../images/your-host-tiki-brian.jpg" alt="Tiki Brian" width="315" height="315" hspace="5" align="left"/></a><a href="http://www.exotictikiisland.com/"> Exotic Tiki Island</a> Aloha! Join Tiki Brian as he travels to different parts of Exotic Tiki Island while playing vintage Hawaiian, Exotica, Island and Tiki related music from his personal LP record collection. Get ready to transcend back to an island tropical world with swaying palm trees, cool gentle ocean breezes and golden sandy beaches. Plus join him the first Friday of every month for 50 hours of continuous "ETI" radio broadcasts. Also, there will be a few surprises along the way. So lay back in your hammock, take a sip of your favorite cocktail, relax and <a href="http://www.exotictikiisland.com/" target="_blank">enjoy some wonderful vintage musical treasures with Tiki Brian.</a> <b>Aloha</b><br/><br/> Until we meet again. Perhaps in the future. <Center><b>DO YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU A STORY?</b></Center><br/>Here is a story about the Fire Goddess "Pele." Aloha! <iframe width="649" height="382" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nMv-ej7JvB8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

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