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Ke Kai ‘Ula
The Red Sea
By Mikahala Roy, copyright
Red, ‘ula’ula in the mother tongue of Hawaii, and the color of fire. It is the color that represents the “lifeblood” of the earth and of our people. It was also regarded as the unmistakable evidence of royal rank.
‘Ula’ula is the color of the ‘Alalauwa, the young of the ‘Aweoweo fish.
It is said that at the passing of Kamehameha I, Kamakahonu swelled with the red fish. The same was true when King David Kalakaua passed. The red fish came again when Queen Lili’uokalani passed. The sea became “red” with the abundance of fish. It is said that all the bays of the Hawaiian archipelago were visited by this powerful red flow from the sea.
In those earlier days in Hawaii, it was believed that the coming of the red fish portended the death of an alii. It was always recognized as an omen of great significance and a time of great change.
“When the people of Kona and of neighboring places heard of the death of the chief the voice of weeping and wailing arose and the sound of lamentation and general mourning, recalling their regret and reciting their love for their chief. It would be impossible to describe all their ways of expressing love and sorrow, even to wishing to die with him. No nation on earth could have shown more grief and affection, and these manifestations of regret lasted many days.”
Death of Kamehameha, Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii, Kamakau
HUI KAI ‘ULA is a circle of 'Oiwi and non-kanaka joining to uphold the fire, the sacredness, the sovereignty of Hawai’i. If you believe in our collective power to swim as ONE like the ‘alalauwa… sign your name upon this virtual petition and upon the land petition, linked to the original Palapala Hoopii Ku’e Hui’Aina 1897-98 petition in Hawaii, coming soon to your area. E kokua mai, we appreciate your kokua. This Petition will be archived for all ‘Oiwi and will be presented to Governor Lingle and President Barak Obama. We will imua together in strength and unity.