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ILI Hawai’i/PA’I Intensive 2023 – Site Visit Resource Information

ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay

Date: January 27, 2023

ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay is located on the Hawaiʻi Island’s west shore near the Waikōloa Beach Marriott Resort Resort. It features a long white-sand beach, several tide pools, fishponds and a large grove of coconut trees. Anaeho’omalu is protected by an offshore reef. The ocean bottom drops off gently here, and the beach is popular for a variety of ocean sports, including swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and surfing. Dangerous ocean conditions may occur during storms or high surf. PLEASE DO NOT STAND ON OR WALK ON THE REEF

Located just behind the beach are two ancient Hawaiian fishponds, named Ku’uali’i and Kahapapa (Ku’uali’i is the larger of the two). The ponds were once used by Hawaiian royalty to raise ʻanae (mullet) and other small fish. They were maintained by the fishermen who lived in this area, and the fish that were raised here were only given to the ruling class. Anaeho’omalu means “restricted mullet” in the Hawaiian language.

Kahaluʻu Manowai:

Date: January 27, 2023

On the former grounds of the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, just south of Kahaluʻu Beach Park, three restored heiau (temples) and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs are the centerpiece of a planned outdoor education and Hawaiian cultural center, sponsored by Kamehameha Schools and still under development with the local community. For now, respectful visitors can explore the archaeological sites during daylight hours. Check in at the security guardhouse and ask for a map.

At the north end of the complex is Kapuanoni Heiau, a restored fishing temple. Just south, Hāpaialiʻi Heiau was built 600 years ago – its construction aligns the temple with seasonal equinoxes and solstices. Both of these temples were painstakingly restored by Hawaiian cultural practitioners, archaeologists and students in 2007.

Furthest south is Keʻeku Heiau, also recently restored. Legends say that Keʻeku was a luakini (temple of human sacrifice). Most famously, a Maui chief who tried to invade the Big Island was sacrificed here, and the spirits of his grieving dogs are said to still guard the site. Along the shoreline look for teeming tide pools and kiʻi pōhaku (petroglyphs) visible among the rocks at low tide.


Date: January 28, 2023

Inspired by his cultural upbringing as a native Hawaiian hula practitioner, self-taught fashion designer Manaola Yap translates Hawaiian spirituality and Hawai’i’s natural beauty into prints that embody repetitious patterns found in nature.

Manaola Yap was born into a family whose cultural and artistic roots run deep into the volcanic soil of Hawai‘i Island. For generations before contact with the West, his ancestors were hula practitioners and artisans of traditional Hawaiian textiles and dyes; more recently, his family has become known for its award-winning musical talent. Raised amid this tradition of creativity, Manaola stands upon the strong foundation laid out by his kūpuna (ancestors).

Manaola learned the art and technique of costume creation and styling from his mother, Kumu Hula (hula teacher) Nani Lim Yap, and it was through this transfer of knowledge that his interest in fashion was first sparked. As his interest in fashion grew, he began to research the history of pre- and post-contact fashion in Hawai‘i. At the same time, he continued to develop as a skilled hula practitioner and his connection with his ancestral roots—and with Hawai‘i—deepened. Out of this synergy of interests, Manaola began to conceive of an idea: could he translate the spirituality of Hawaiian culture, and the beauty and wonder of Hawai‘i, into an artistic language that could be shared with the entire world, and understood by all?

This fashion brand is Manaola’s answer to that question. Featuring bold, printed patterns that embody the Hawaiian spirit and evoke the beauty and geometry of nature, this brand introduces to the world Manaola’s vision for Hawaiian fashion in the 21st century.

Mauna a Wākea:

Date: January 29, 2023

Mauna a Wākea (Mauna Kea)  is a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaiʻi. Its peak is 4,207.3 m (13,803 ft) above sea level, making it the highest point in Hawaiʻi and second-highest peak of an island on Earth (after Mount Everest). The summit of Mauna Kea is considered sacred to Native Hawaiians, and it is where the four goddesses of the mauna (mountain) reside: Poliʻahu, Lilinoe, Waiau, and Kahopoukāne.

Since the creation of an access road in 1964, thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries have been constructed at the summit. The Mauna Kea Observatories are used for scientific research across the electromagnetic spectrum and comprise the largest such facility in the world. Their construction on a landscape considered sacred by Native Hawaiians continues to be a topic of debate to this day.

In the ILI Pilot program, this video was shared about the resistance on the mauna in 2015.  Then in 2019, the world and the younger generations of Native Hawaiians watched as they arrested our kūpuna (elders) who stood on the front line to protect Mauna Kea from further development, and the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Kīlauea/Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Date: January 29, 2023

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cherished cultural landscapes in the world. Extending from sea level to 13,680 feet, the park encompasses the summits of two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kīlauea and Mauna Loa – and is a designated International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Public Charter School

Date: January 30, 2023

Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu is a Hawaiian language immersion charter school. It serves grades K-12 in Keaʻau, Puna, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. It is the largest Hawaiian immersion school on Hawaii Island. The school began as a Hawaii Department of Education program in 1987.

Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu is committed to securing a school community built upon culturally rooted principles of the Kumu Honua Mauli Ola that reflect love of spirituality, love of family, love of language, love of knowledge, love of fellow man, love of land, and love of people. Students of Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu are educated upon a culturally Hawaiian foundation. This foundation is the basis upon which students are motivated to:

  • Bring honor to ancestors
  • Seek and attain knowledge to sustain family
  • Contribute to the well-being and flourishing of the Hawaiian language and culture; and
  • Contribute to the quality of life in Hawai’i.

Hāʻena/Shipman Beach

Date: January 30, 2023

At one time, the Shipman family owned the entire ahupuaʻa (traditional land division) of Keaʻau, which includes Hāʻena. The family bought the 65,000 acres from King Lunalilo’s estate after his death. In order to uphold the late king’s wishes to build a home for sick and elderly Hawaiians in Honolulu, estate trustees sold the land for $20,000 to finance the first Lunalilo home, in Makiki where Roosevelt High School now sits. Over the years, the Shipmans also sold off parts of their land—a chunk became Hawaiian Paradise Park, another, Mauna Loa’s macadamia nut farm. This estate has become a sanctuary for Nēnē (the endangered Hawaiian goose), and immortalized in the song, “Lei o Hāʻena

W.H. Shipman Limited is a kamaʻaina family-owned company established in 1882. The company has 17,000 acres in the Puna District of Hawaiʻi Island. Grounded in island values, the Shipmans have a history of conservation, preservation and community involvement. 

W.H. Shipman is engaged in land stewardship, commercial/industrial development and leasing, and agricultural leasing. Shipman properties include farmlands, the W.H. Shipman Business Park, and Keaʻau Village in the fast growing Puna District, and Durham Hall Business Park and Cipole Business Park in the SW Portland suburb of Tigard, Oregon.

As a land steward, the company holds a long range-view of sustainability and planned development for balanced community use. The company sees its Keaʻau lands as including a mix of agriculture, commercial, office, industrial, residential, and conservation uses with strong municipal and government services. Its business park is a model of what development on its Keaʻau lands will be with wide streets, required plantings and careful building placement. Keaʻau Village’s rebuilding now underway includes a rigorous approach to agriculture, balanced development of services and careful land planning. 

Engaged in agriculture from its earliest days, W.H. Shipman provides land to “incubate” new agricultural businesses ensuring agricultural diversity and start-up farming, offering strong infrastructure, varied soil types, and favorable land license terms in an area blessed by ideal climate conditions and plentiful rainfall.

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi

Date: January 30, 2023

ʻImiloa is a community outreach, multi-service organization of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo dedicated to serving local and visitor communities through quality education programs strengthened by the core academic offerings of UH Hilo. Their programs and services include, but are not limited to PreK – 12th grade programs, after school programs, day camps, Hawaiian language and culture based enrichment programs that focus on local science research, cultural advancement and environmental stewardship.

ʻImiloa brings together members of the Hawaiian and astronomy communities to share a common vision for the future, bringing information about the cultural and natural history of Mauna Kea to students, teachers, local residents, and visitors. ʻImiloa links to early Polynesian navigation history and knowledge of the night skies, and today’s renaissance of Hawaiian culture and wayfinding with parallel growth of astronomy and scientific developments on Hawaiʻi Island.