Seeing old friends, making awesome new ones on cultural access

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - Makua Valley access this morning! What an awesome group! We welcomed old friends like Pono and Tricia (they brought Ka Hae Hawaiʻi) and Yvonne, who brought her buddies from AF3IRM Hawaiʻi (an awesome peace and justice organization that I'd like to join).

Vince Dodge dropped in early to meet and greet participants and share history of the valley and the struggle to keep the valley free from live fire training. So far, so good, and moving into 15 years of peace in the valley!

Sparky Rodrigues filled in with his own knowledge and experience from long time participation. These guys are so awesome! We made hoʻokupu to place on the Mākua ahu. Yvonne offered oli before we entered the valley. Several keiki joined us.

Yes, was wela! 90 at least, but felt like 97. But every now and then clouds obscured the sun and it was bearable and the wind blew to cool us off. It was a good day.

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. Oh, and I remembered to bring William Punohu White and a little Hae Hawaii with me to leave on the Makua ahu along with floral offerings in memory of Kekuni Blaisdell, Leandra Wai Rodrigues, Akoni Cruz, Angie Furtado, and Kimo (Akoniʻs friend and fellow moped rider who passed recently in Makaha).

Lynette Cruz