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‘Ike Kupuna

May. 29, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading E hoʻomanaʻo i nā manawa kahiko, E noʻonoʻo i nā makahiki o nā hanauna a pau: E nīnau aku i kou makua kāne, nāna e hōʻike mai iā ʻoe; I nā lunakahiko ou, na lākou e haʻi mai iā ʻoe.- Kānāwai Lua 32:7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.- Deuteronomy 32:7He Manaʻo o ke Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui I was a gym rat when I was in high school. Fortunately, the gym was at my home church, and I would hang out there after school assisting with the after school program while waiting for basketball practice to begin. As the team trickled in, we’d talk about what we wanted to do when the weekend came around. “Let’s go crabbing” suggested one of my friends. “Sounds like a good idea” we all chimed in. “Not good”, came a quiet voice behind us. We all turned to see Uncle David Lanai, the church custodian. “Why not?” someone asked. “Full moon on Saturday. The crabs going be hollow.” “Hmmm?” “The crabs eat at night. They no eat when the moon full so the no moa’ meat.” “AAAHHH” we all replied. Uncle David was like that, so full of ‘ike kupuna. He was just like so many of our ancestors who knew what to do depending on the phase of the moon, the shape of the clouds, or the smell of the rain.I try to bear in mind the things that I have learned along the way, for what we learned in the past lays the foundation for our future. What happens when we don’t remember our past? Writer and philosopher George Santayana, once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Consider the Hebrew people, who had to be reminded time and time again, what happened to those who failed to follow God’s word. Jeremiah 11:10-11 tells their woe, “They have turned back to the wrongdoings of their ancestors who refused to hear My words, and they have followed other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.” Therefore, this is what the Lord says: “Behold, I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry out to Me, I will not listen to them.”Let us seek the goodness of the past, the ‘ike kupuna that grounds us in the things that serve as a foundation for who we are as kanaka a me Kalikiano. Let us remember the lessons that our ancestors have taught us so we might be grounded in our future.

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