Hawaii TRWOT Logo-04     TRWOT has received funding under the Creative NZ International Indigenous Art form Exchange programme for 2015.  The putea from CNZ will enable us to participate in a cultural exchange with the Hawaiian people and their communities, and will pay for the majority of our travel and accommodation expenses

Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center at the Kamehameha Schools – Day One, Honolulu, O’ahu

The Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center consists of two major components: 1)  the Hawaiian Cultural Center facility, and 2) the Hawaiian Cultural Center programs. While efforts have been underway to garner support for the construction of the Center, there have also been concurrent efforts to help develop the cultural character of our people and the campus environment via program offerings.

Special thanks to Aunty Jamie Mililani Fong and all who welcomed us to Kamehameha, and the kaiako and students who shared their work with us.

University of Hawai’i Mānoa Hawaiian Theatre and Language and Center for Pacific Island Studies at UHM – Day Two, Honolulu, O’ahu

Still in its developmental stage the program plans to include courses on the history of theatre in Hawai‘i, the study and analysis of indigenous Hawaiian theatre, and training in both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian performance forms. Forthcoming original productions will reflect and honor the language, traditions, history and values of the Hawaiian community. Kennedy Theatre is proud to announce the inaugural mainstage Hawaiian medium production scheduled for the 2014–2015 season.

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders. Its innovative instructional program is regional, comparative, and interdisciplinary in nature.

Special thanks to Haili‘ōpua Baker, Moana Nepia, and all that welcomed us at UHM

Polynesian Cultural Center – Day Three Laie on O’ahu

One of the top Hawai’i attractions includes the Polynesian Cultural Center, which features a 42-acre facility on the North Shore of Oahu. Founded in 1963, the nonprofit Center was created so that the students of nearby Brigham Young University Hawai’i could work their way through college by sharing their island heritage with visitors. The students come from an area that covers approximately 12 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

Special thanks to La Makekau and Raukura Roa

Day off to Watch the All Blacks WIN The Rugby World Cup 2015!

Mauna Kea, Hilo, and Kanu o ka ʻĀina Charter School – Day 4, Kona, Hilo, then Waimea on Hawai’i

Mauna Kea

We were fortunate enough to be introduced to Mauna Kea, and the struggle the tāngata whenua face regarding the TMT. We were shown by Pua Case and Noe Noe Wong-Wilson. Doctoral Fellow Noe Noe Wong-Wilson is currently the Native Hawaiian Student Success Coordinator at Hawai’i Community College (HCC) on Hawai’i Island. She has been instrumental in establishing the Paepae ‘Ohua Student Success Center at the college and has served as the College’s Coordinator of the Achieving the Dream initiative, a movement to address the success of underserved, underrepresented populations enrolled at Community Colleges across the nation.

Hilo and Waimea

Hilo for lunch and to scout the location for the Merrie Monach Festival then on to Waimea to meet the Paishon whanau, Chadd and Pomai.

Chadd ‘Onohi Paishon is the Rangatira for waka Makalii with his wife Pomai and has sailed with Jack Thatcher (Master Navigator: Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti) on many a sail.  “Onohi supports waka all around the pacific he can sing and play the ukulele and guitar like Izzy.

‘Onohi Paishon joined the Polynesian Voyaging Society in the apprentice navigator program in 1990, as the society was preparing to voyage to Rarotonga 1992 to train a new generation of crew members and navigators. Chadd participated in the repair and maintenance work on Hokule‘a at pier 42 and was a crew member on the 1992 leg to Tahiti.


Kanu o ka ʻĀina Charter School – Day 5 Waimea, Hawai’i

Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School is a Hawaiian-focused, bi-lingual public charter school serving 260 students in grades K-12, which started up in 2000 in Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island. Their motto “Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu” signifies their efforts to provide a quality choice in education, as well as their ongoing focus on growth and excellence at all levels, a standard set by Hawaiʻi’s native forefathers. kanu o ka ‘āina literally means “plants of the land” and figuratively refers to “natives of the land from generations back.” This name reflects the commitment of the school, the staff, the students and their families to perpetuate Hawaiʻi’s native language, culture and traditions, as mandated by Article X of Hawaiʻi’s State Constitution. It also demonstrates their efforts to assure that future generations of Waimea residents have the choice to remain natives of this land.

Special thanks to Noe Noe, Pua, Chadd, Pomai, Allyson Tamura, & Mahina Paishon-Duarte for all their efforts. Not to mention the children! Ka mau te wehi!

Ka Papa Lo’i o Kānewai Cultural Gardens and Evening event at Hawaiian Studies, Halau o Haumea at UHM – Day 6 Honolulu, O’ahu

Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai is located in the waena (middle) section of the ahupuaʻa (land section) of Waikīkī and in the moku(district)of Kona. Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai is the cultural garden center for Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. This site was designated in 2007 and is a vital resource for the students as well as the broader, outside community. The loʻi itself is approximately 800 years old, so there have been many generations that have learned and used this site.

Pūnana Leo o Mānoa – Day 7 Honolulu, O’ahu

Opened its doors for operation on August 6, 2012.
Coordinating E Mālama I Ke Kai Festival
Lā Kūpuna
Working visits to Heʻeia Fish Pond
Kuʻi ʻAi
Partnership with the University of Mānoa Hawaiian language students
Participate in the Mānoa music assembly
Visits to the Papa Loʻi o Kānewai at the University of Mānoa campus

Special thanks to the kaiako and tamariki for having us, best send off ever.