Haʻakūmalae
 
 

*HA`AKŪMALAE is the official orchestration of Hawai`i

protocols at Hawai`i Community College.  Conceived and delivered by I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawai`i Life Styles Program,


*HAʻAKŪMALAE is sensational and engaging, a pulsing invitation to enter into the traditional praxis of protocols that continue to define how we engage with the natural, luminous, and the very human world we live in.  Simply said,


*HAʻAKŪMALAE is the practice of infusing our consciousness with 

knowing our place in the universe.

Ua moʻa ka maiʻa, he keiki māmā ka Hina.


The bananas are cooked, [and remember that] Hina has a swift son.


-Letʻs finish this before we get caught. This saying comes from the legend of Māui and the mud-hens.  For a long time he tried to catch them in order to learn the seret of making fire. One day he overheard one of them saying these words. He caught them before they could hide and forced them to yield the secret of fire. (ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #2830)

 

The ʻalae is a kinolau of Hina, Goddess of nocturnal currents and intuition.  And as the mud-hen is both winged and water born, this speaks to the access to both conscious (winged) and unconscious (water) systems of knowing. 


According to our kaʻao (myth) traditions, the ʻalae kept on Puʻuʻōpeʻapeʻa the secret of making fire from human-kind until Māui, son of Hina, wrung the neck  of the chief of the ʻalae flock until the secret was exposed. After receiving the secret of fire making, Māui burned the lae (forehead) of the ʻAlae as reminder of this achievement. Having said this, the act of branding the forehead with fire is a metaphor for convincing the truth of knowing to enter into the world of the now- one might say, to experience the world from the eye of all-knowing (the third eye). 


Haʻakūmalae, Into the Center of Knowing Protocols Program takes its cues from this mythic reality. 

Haʻakūmalae - Into the Center of Knowing


THE PRACTICE OF HAWAI‘I CULTURE IS NOT JUST ABOUT POLISHING ANTIQUITY. THE PRACTICE OF HAWAI‘I CULTURE IS ABOUT MAKING ROOM FOR OUR MOST ANCIENT MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE LIVE TODAY.
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