Honohononui is an ʻili kūpono, a land division within the Waiākea ahupuaʻa that paid its tributes to the ruling chief of the island and not to the chief of the ahupuaʻa. Although Honohononui is located in the larger Waiākea, kamaʻāina will note that Honohononui is located in the smaller area of Keaukaha. In the mele “Nā Pana Kaulana O Keaukaha”, recorded on the album Hiʻipoi I Ka ʻĀina Aloha, Edith Kanakaʻole lists the boundaries of Keaukaha extending “mai ka palekai a i Leleiwi”, from the breakwall to Leleiwi.
Honohononui is located on lands belonging to Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop. EKF follows the teachings of our ancestors that every creature has a role in our ecosystem. This we know through the Kumulipo, a traditional creation chant, where everything is tied together and one is no more important than the other, but all are necessary for each other’s survival. We noho papa so that we can learn to live in balance with our environment and our children, and their children, will be able to experience this same connection to their land. For information about visiting the Honohononui sites, see the EKF Site Handbook-Honohononui.
The following Honohononui sites are maintained by EKF:
- PĀ HOAKA is a multifunctional space that houses the following:
- Hale Kanaka‘ole: The main office of the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, Hālau O Kekuhi, and Kula Kamali‘i ‘o Hi‘ikeakaikamālama
- Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo
- HONOHONONUI KAHAKAI: These sites are fragile coastal environments that have been cleaned and are maintained by EKF and youth from the community. These sites host a growing population of new coral heads, shellfish, monk seals, kupuna honu, mating sting rays, and the occasional manō. Because much of the Keaukaha coast is widely used by the Hilo community on a daily basis, our coastline suffers subsequent damage by unknowing beach users. EKF is dedicated to both the continued health of our coastline and the kanaka, therefore, access to these sites are limited and monitored.
- HALEOLONO is the birthplace of one of Hawai‘i’s premier ali‘i, Kalaninuiʻīamamao, where we continue the aquaculture traditions of this wahi pana. Students learn about traditional mahi i‘a (fish farming). Rock wall building and repair, fishpond maintenance, fish propagation, and innovative limu propagation techniques can be learned at this site.
- Join us on the second Sunday of the month for the Haleolono Community Work Day from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. This is an opportunity to learn about the fishpond, work hard, and connect with the ʻāina. Bring tabi, dive gloves, water, and sunscreen.
- KAUPŌ is a traditional canoe landing. This site is for canoe building and uses related to Haleolono.
- KAMOKUNA is our demonstration site for coastal subsistence farming, fabric and cordage manufacturing, traditional fish trap and occasional workshops on fishing/net making practices.