(Happy New Year!)
akua loa
4 The Makahiki idol. The accompanying sketch is a representation of the Akua loa, Akua makahiki, or Lono makua, as the Makahiki god was called. The figure follows the descriptions given by experts in Hawaiian antiquities and tallies with that given by David Malo.
The resemblance of the tapa-banner to the sail of a ship, remarked by Malo is evident. 
 -Hawaiian Antiqueties (Moʻōlelo Hawaiʻi), David Malo, Honolulu Hawaiian Gazette Co., Ltd. 


As many focus on the events of the modern holiday season, we remind you that the traditional Hawaiian new year has already arrived. Its start was signified by the rise of the constellation Makaliʻi (Pleiades) over the eastern horizon at sunset, beginning the season of Makahiki. The Makahiki season is the end of the traditional growing season.  And a time to commemorate the coming of the akuaLono from the south who brings with him much needed southerly storms.

An important symbol of Lono during Makahiki is the akua loa, a 16 foot pole with a carved image of the god Lono at the top, and a cross piece just below where sheets of white kapa were hung. The akua loa was carved from prized dark brown to blackish kauila (Alphitonia ponderosa) wood, endemic to Hawai’i, and found in dry and mesic forests such as at Auwahi. The akua loa is a visual representation of the mast and sail of the waʻa Lono would arrive and depart in, and led the Makahiki procession of chiefs as they circled the island collectinghoʻokupu (offerings) from each ahupuaʻa (land division). It was this very symbol that it is thought early Hawaiians interpreted with the mast of Cook’s sailing ships.

If preserving one of the last homes of the kauila on Maui appeals to you come join us on December 1 and ask one of our staff to point out this rare Hawaiian tree.

Where: ‘Ulupalakua Ranch Store

 When: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 8:00am-4:00pm

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, raingear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots and leave hitchhiking seeds behind. Please let us know if you would like to join us, so that we may save you a seat, by contacting auwahi@yahoo.com or calling 573-8989. Mahalo nui loa for your dedicated support and hard work. A hui hou!

Ke aloha nui,

Art, Andrea, Luke, Fernando, Erica, Ainoa, Kawika, Christian, Robert, & Kaliko


From Central Maui, take Hana Highway (Route 36) To Haleakala Highway (Route 37). At Keokea, stay to the right and continue 5.2 miles to ʻUlupalakua.

P.O. Box 652
Makawao, Hawaii 96768