Reactivating Maoli Birthing Practices Reserved in the Memory

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2015-05
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Pinto, Pua ʻO Eleili
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Andrade, Ivy
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Hawaiian Studies
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Moʻolelo, (history) connect Kanaka Maoli to the past, present, and future. Within them are genealogies of events that are passed down generation to generation. When we look to our moʻolelo we see layers upon layers of rich history of Hawaiʻi and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Therefore, moʻolelo show us the continuum that is enriched by each passing generation to aid future generations. The Kumulipo is a notable moʻolelo that we learn the genealogy of the Land, the Gods, Chiefs, and people are intertwine with one another. It’s important to realize, the expert weaving of moʻolelo by our kupuna (ancestors) that preserved the sacred connections to all things. But if one element (land, gods, chiefs, or people) is removed it severs the map creating detachment and confusion. This has been the case for Kanaka Maoli birth practices. Disconnection was created from acts of colonization of our language, religion, and healing practices, as well as, the deadly epidemic that almost led to the extinctions of Kanaka Maoli. By returning to moʻolelo within Hawaiian newspapers, the State Archives, and with in cultural practitioners, there lies instruction how to reactive Maoli birthing practices so that we can continue to weave our lāhui.
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