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6th generation from Lana'i, striving to do the better thing, sharing with 'ohana nui our family history by writing and caring for our ancestral places.



where ancestral bones lie

Published by LEILANIOLANAI | Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:36 PM


our 'ohana continues to be a part of the breath and soil of Lana'i...


O Rana'i,
born from the mating
of Wakea and Hoohokukalani,
red dust swirls across rocky land,
blue ocean mesmerizes and beckons.

Canoes land at Keomoku,
fishing families sail back and forth,
to the place where Ku,
first arived in a great ocean storm.

Two konohiki brothers malama 'aina,
Kealiihananui at Kaunolu,
tends Kamehameha's fishing heiaus,
and favorite summer home.

Ohua cares for the fishing trap,
for the reefs that edge the moku,
for Polihua where Pele visited,
eating her favorite turtle eggs.

Rana'i smiles,
ko'u moku o hanau,
where ancestral bones lie,
where my bones will return one day.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Leilaniolana'i 2009>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



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