Cultural—Ethnographic Studies

Puna, Ka Aina i Ka Hikina a ka La

“Puna, Ka ‘Āina I Ka Hikina A Ka Lā”

A Cultural Assessment Study

Archival and Historical Documentary Research and Oral History Interviews for the Ahapua‘a of ‘Ahalanui, Laepāo‘o, and Oneloa (with Pohoiki), District of Puna, Island of Hawai‘i. 

 

Lauahi Pele i kai o Puna

One ‘ā i kai o Mālama


The fires of Pele spread towards the sea of Puna

The sands at the shore of Mālama burn


The history of Puna and Pele span generations of Hawaiian residency. This study, “Puna, ka ‘āina i ka hikina a ka lā,” conducted in 1998, shares some of the history of the lands upon which Pele is now dancing. History is once again being made in our lifetime.


Additional studies are shared below.

He Wahi Mo'olelo No Keauhou A Me Na Wahi Pana Ma Laila A Collection of Traditions...

Library Selections From Kumu Pono Associates LLC

We share introductions, and full  digital copies of selected studies prepared by Kumu Pono Associates  LLC. These selections are samples of the ethnographic work we have  conducted over the years. The studies are the result of years of  research in a wide range of archival collections, both in Hawaii and on  the mainland. The studies are also a repository of traditional and  kamaaina knowledge in the form of oral history interviews with kūpuna  and elder kamaina from around the islands.


In the  past, it has often been the case that individuals writing about  Hawaiian places as a part of archaeological studies, have relied on a  few historical citations, and then supposed, based on their personal  interpretations, that the history of a given area was known. It is our  belief that more detailed research in diverse historical collections,  like those found in the studies below, is important to understanding the  cultural and natural landscape of Hawaii. In our research we attempt to  delve into the depths of a wide range of historical resources. We cite  extensively, early Hawaiian accounts of native writers and other  participants in the history of Hawaii, letting them tell their stories  of place, practice, beliefs and change. Such documentation provides us  with opportunities to ensure that information important to the culture  and life style of Hawaii's people will be available for future  generations, and can be included in planning processes.

 

Within the studies are cited many records from  original Hawaiian language documents including land records and native  lore that were translated by Kepā  Maly as a part of the various studies.  There are also found oral history interviews with  kūpuna and elder kama‘āina, who shared their knowledge of place and life experiences with  us. This knowledge gives life to the traditions and landscape of Hawaii,  and is a legacy for future generations.


Studies have been uploaded at a lower resolution thus the documents and figures may not show as clearly as the normal higher resolution. 


We  request your respect of the information. Please do not cite it out of  context. And always acknowledge kūpuna, elder kama‘āina and source of  the documentation.


Aia no ke kuleana pū me ‘oe! (The responsibility is yours!)

Selected Studies

Volume 1 (Part 1): He Wahi Mo'olelo No Kaua'ula A Me Kekāhi ‘Āina O Lahaina I Maui (PDF)

He Wahi Mo'olelo No Kaua'ula Volume 1

A collection of traditions and historical accounts of Kaua'ula and other lands of Lahaina, Maui. 

Part 1. 


June 1, 2007

Volume 1 (Part 2): He Wahi Mo‘olelo No Kaua‘ula A Me Kekāhi ‘Āina O Lahaina I Maui (PDF)

Volume 1 (Part 2): He Wahi Moolelo No Kauaula a me Kekahi Aina o Lahaina I Maui

A Collection Of Traditions And Historical Accounts Of Kaua‘ula And Other Lands Of Lahaina, Maui. 

Part 2.


May 25, 2007

He Wahi Mo‘olelo No Keauhou A Me Na Wahi Pana Ma Laila (PDF)

A collection of traditions, historical accounts and  kama‘aina recollections of Keauhou...

A collection of traditions, historical accounts and  kama‘aina recollections of Keauhou and its storied places; with notes from adjoining lands in Ka‘ū and Puna, Island of Hawai‘i.


July 23, 2005

He Mo‘olelo ‘Āina (PDF)

He Mo‘olelo ‘Āina: A Cultural Study of the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve

A Cultural Study of the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve Districts of Hilo and Puna, Island of Hawai‘i.


May 31, 2004

“Hana Ka Lima, ‘Ai Ka Waha” (PDF)

“Hana Ka Lima, ‘Ai Ka Waha”

A Collection of Historical Accounts and Oral History Interviews With Kama‘āina Residents and Fisher-People of Lands in the Halele‘a-Napali Region on the Island of Kaua‘i. 


November 10, 2003

Volume I: Ka Hana Lawai‘a A Me Nā Ko‘a O Na Kai ‘Ewalu (PDF)

A History of Fishing Practices and Marine Fisheries of the Hawaiian Islands.

A History of Fishing Practices and Marine Fisheries of the Hawaiian Islands. Compiled From: Native Hawaiian Traditions, Historical Accounts, Government Communications, Kama‘āina Testimony and Ethnography. 


August 1, 2003

Volume II — Oral History Interviews: Ka Hana Lawai‘a A Me Nā Ko‘a O Na Kai ‘Ewalu (PDF)

Oral History Interviews - Ka Hana Lawai'a

A History of Fishing Practices And Marine Fisheries Of The Hawaiian Islands.


December 10, 2003

He Mo‘olelo No Maui Hikina—Kalialinui I Uka A Me Nā ‘Āina O Lalo (PDF)

A Cultural-Historical Study of East Maui

A Cultural-Historical Study of East Maui—The Uplands of Kalialinui, and the Lands that Lie Below, Island of Maui. 


July 2, 2006

"Mauna Kea—Ka Piko Kaulana O Ka 'Āina" (PDF)

Mauna Kea Ka Piko Kaulana o ka Aina.

(Mauna Kea—The Famous Summit Of The Land) A Collection of Native Traditions, Historical Accounts, and Oral History interviews for Mauna Kea, the Lands of Ka'ohe, Humu'ula and the 'Āina Mauna on the island of Hawai'i. 


March 30, 2005

He Mo‘olelo ‘Āina — Traditions and Storied Places of Honouliuli (PDF)

He Mo‘olelo ‘Āina — Traditions and Storied Places of Honouliuli, District of ‘Ewa Island of O‘ahu

District of ‘Ewa Island of O‘ahu.(Documentary Technical Report)


October 27, 2013

Volume I Wai O Ke Ola: He Wahi Mo'olelo No Maui Hikina (PDF)

Wai o Ke Ola: He Wahi Mo'olelo No Maui Hikina Volume I

 

A collection of Native Traditions and Historical Accounts of the Lands of   
Hāmākua Poko, Hāmākua Loa and Ko‘olau, Maui Hikina (East Maui), Island of Maui. (PDF)


June 1, 2007

Volume II Wai O Ke Ola: He Wahi Mo'olelo No Maui Hikina (PDF)

Oral History Interviews with Families of  Hāmākua Poko, Hāmākua Loa and Ko‘olau, East Maui.

Oral History Interviews with Families of  Hāmākua Poko, Hāmākua Loa and Ko‘olau, East Maui. 


December 1, 2007

“Hanohano Lāna‘i” – “Lāna‘i is Distinguished” (PDF)

Ethnography of Ka‘ā Ahupua‘a and the Island of Lāna‘i.

 

An Ethnography of Ka‘ā Ahupua‘a and the Island of Lāna‘i.


May 21, 2011

“Puna, Ka ‘Āina I Ka Hikina A Ka Lā” (PDF)

“Puna, Ka ‘Āina I Ka Hikina A Ka Lā”

A Cultural Assessment Study – Archival and Historical Documentary Research and Oral History Interviews for the Ahapua‘a of ‘Ahalanui, Laepāo‘o, and Oneloa (with Pohoiki), District of Puna, Island of Hawai‘i. 


July 31, 1998

Nā Ala Hele Ma Kai o Kohala Hema (The Coastal Trails of South Kohala)

Nā Ala Hele Ma Kai o Kohala Hema (The Coastal Trails of South Kohala)

Archival-Historical Documentary Research, Oral History-Consultation Study, And Limited Site Preservation Plan Kawaihae-‘Anaeho‘omalu Trail Section: Lands of Kawaihae 2nd, ‘Ōuli, Lālāmilo, Waikōloa, Puakō, Waimā, Kalāhuipua‘a, and ‘Anaeho‘omalu; District of Kohala, Island of Hawai‘i. 


April 30, 1999

Ke Ala Loa-Ala Nui Aupuni Kawaihae to ‘Anaeho‘omalu, Kohala, April 30, 1999 (PDF)

Oral History Interviews - Ke Ala Loa-Alaz Nui Aupuni.

Oral History Interview Transcripts And Release Of Interview Records — South Kohala and Portions of Kekaha, North Kona (February 1998 – April 1999)


April 30, 1999

More Studies to be Added

 Watch for changes and updates. 

More Studies to be Added

 Watch for changes and updates.