maunakea drawiing

In Hawaiian cosmology, Maunakea is the origin place of the Hawaiian people. The Hawaiian genealogy teaches that the summit of the mountain is the meeting place of Earth Mother, Papahānaumoku, and Sky Father, Wākea and that the Hawaiian people are directly descended from this union. Therefore, Maunakea is utmost sacred ground; it is the piko (umbilical cord) of Native Hawaiian existence.


I spent a few months at Puʻuhonua Puʻuhuluhulu Maunakea to help run the radio station, learn from elders, listen to moʻolelo and lend a helping hand when it was needed. I often brought my camera to take a few photos like this one.


I serve hot chai and talk story with kiaʻi, alakaʻi and kūpuna and present them my newest work.

Here I'm offering a traditional ho‘okupu to the kūpuna during noon protocol. They gracefully received the print I gifted them and gave me big smiles and heart felt honi greetings.


Blessed and grateful to learn, love, support and make new friends on the mauna.

mahalo shirt

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If you didn't get a free Maunakea sticker - I'm happy to send you one.

maunakea stiker


Please kōkua write me a note and tell me

What are YOU doing today to mālama Maunakea

and I'll be happy to send you a sticker.


I may publish your note.


Please mail your note
with a S.A.S.E. to:

Big Island Love
"Aloha Maunakea"
530 Ainako Ave.
Hilo HI 96720



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