Uhi Hawai'i

No ka ho'omau 'ana i ka uhi Hawai'i. To perpetuate the cultural practice of Hawaiian tattoo

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Cultural Practice of Hawaiian Uhi (tattooing) Threatened 5 Replies

Started by keone. Last reply by Iwikuamoʻo Olanāiwi Jul 11, 2008.

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Comment by Kama on April 29, 2009 at 1:46pm
Seems like the contact us part of the site is still up:
Comment by Iwikuamoʻo Olanāiwi on April 6, 2009 at 9:44am
Aloha kakou - I was wondering if this group is still active. I live in Florida and have wanted to receive a kakau from Keone Nunes for some time and was wondering how I would best be able to contact him. The website listed above is no longer available. I'm also very interested in learning more about the art and history from his understanding as I am an aspiring tattoo artist myself and it means a lot to me to perpetuate our culture in an appropriate and respectful way. Ideally I would love to learn how to give kakau in the traditional way but I know I have much to learn about the language, culture, protocols as it is. So for now that will have to remain a lofty dream. It would be such an honor for me to receive uhi from him and to hear his mana'o on what he deems suitable for me.

Mahalo nui,
Comment by Maika on March 17, 2009 at 6:40pm
Aloha mai e na kahu o ke kakau,

You guys should be in high demand when this new cultural awakening happens.... any time now.... that is, if the world doesn't end with the precession of the ages, or a bad pole shift first.

I have two questions maybe you guys can answer. Is there a traditional tattoo given on the hand? What does it signify? Second, Is there a traditional tattoo for a 'philosopher' or perhaps related profession? Something like a Star gazer might symbolically relate. If so, is there a traditional body part it goes to?

Comment by Kalama Chock on February 20, 2009 at 6:56pm
Mahalo nui ke kono ana mai
Comment by ku ching on February 2, 2009 at 12:44pm
I'm copying an appeal put out by Trish - to support her "tattoo" bills at the legislature - that I know is probably in conflict with our purposes.

Keone, I'm hoping that you can do a quick rundown on the issues involved and what we can do to help further the cause. OK?

We also need to know when hearings are being held and where we can send testimonies (which may be gotten off Trish's website.



Aloha all,

As you probably all know, a group of tattooists have been concerned abut our outdated tattoo regulations. I've put in a lot of time on this and am staying home until the end of April (no CA work trips) to see the bill through. I'm attaching a BRIEF summary of the need & our primary concern. The hearings are being scheduled soon, so WE NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT! The tattoo bill we are supporting that's currently in the State Legislature is posted at
If you have any interest, please go to the link and read up on the current state of affairs. Your feedback, as always, is appreciated. Our bills are HB1499 and SB1263. As of this morning, hearings have yet to be scheduled but should be soon.

If you are in support of the bill, we would very much like to know. You can submit testimony individually (e-mail me & I can refer you to a website with instructions) or we can submit joint testimony as a coalition, or as a petition. If you don't mind having your name included on the list of supporters, please let me know--I would need your name, address (just for proof that you live in Hawaii), your phone number & e-mail, and job description is optional. If you are in any medical field, a cultural practitioner, or if you are a tattooist it might help to include this.

If you are NOT in support of this bill, you can also send testimony, (but we won't submit that for you-sorry). Detailed instructions are on the Capitol website.

On a related issue, there is another bill specifically on Hawaiian tattoo, exempting all practitioners from any & all State health regulations. Although we are 100% in support of traditional tattooing, we believe that it should be subject to the same health standards & precautions as any other form of tattooing. I think the bill is problematic in several other areas, but our primary concern is the health issues. Anyway, there is the opportunity to submit testimony on this as well. I can place you on one list and not the other, or both. Just let me know.

Please lend us your support if you have an interest in either one of these bills. Also, please do forward this to others that may have an interest or lend us support.


Tricia Allen ph: 734-8677
Peggy Sucher ph: 778-0117
Comment by Braddah O. on November 8, 2008 at 12:28pm
Going to work done by Che on Nov. 21st...Hawaiian Style.
Comment by Lorilani on April 15, 2008 at 4:54pm
Aloha mai....pls. let me know if you need additional suppport besides HB2887HD2....whatever is needed, we are here.

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