‘...I looked around and saw how moved people were by the stories she shared’

Then we all trekked back to the pavilion for lunch and a couple folks took naps while the rest of us sat around talking story. Sparky Rodrigues would have called that ʻāina time, as opposed to ʻohana time, a term that would have been too limiting in this context.

Mākua: This ʻĀina's arms are always open

Mākua: This ʻĀina's arms are always open

The valley looked sunny and bright and cooled down. We had a small group today, so plenty of opportunities to share stories and jointly appreciate being in the presence of this valley. So appreciate that this aina's arms are always open to us.

BEACH CLEAN-UP & CELEBRATION OF 15 YEARS OF PEACE IN MĀKUA (no live-fire training)

BEACH CLEAN-UP & CELEBRATION OF 15 YEARS OF PEACE IN MĀKUA (no live-fire training)

Non-profits Mālama Mākua, Nā Kama Kai, Sustainable Coastlines and Protectors of Paradise combined efforts to host a giant celebration of 15 Years of Peace in Mākua (no live-fire training) with an all-day event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. An estimated 800 people came by 9 am for a massive clean-up of Mākua Beach. Mālama Mākua then held a program under the big tent that included inspired speakers and mele by Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners Ānuenue Punua and Starr Kalahiki. Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners Kimié, Mike Love, Paula Fuga, Robi Kahakalau, along with others, then rocked the stage under the big tent for a free concert from 3 pm to 6:30 pm, with a talented musical line-up that would have cost concert goers big ticket prices at the Waikīkī Shell.

Seeing old friends, making awesome new ones on cultural access

Seeing old friends, making awesome new ones on cultural access

Sparky reminded us about ʻaina as family, so it felt like just one more day of getting together with the fam in a sacred place that reminds us of who we are and what our kuleana is to each other and to the valley that called all of us together today. He pono no.

Photo gallery: Mālama Mākua at Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea 2018 celebration at Thomas Square

Click below for pictures of some of the folks who stopped by the Mālama Mākua booth, as well as some of the sights, at the Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea celebration at Thomas Square in Honolulu on Sunday, July 29, 2018, as seen through the lens of Lynette Cruz.