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'O wai kou inoa? What's your name?
Barbara Natale
No hea mai 'oe? Where are you from?
My ancestors are from Scotland and England. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in the Bay Area in California. I have been a resident of Oahu for 16 years.
ʻO wai ke ahupuaʻa āu e noho nei? Where do you live?
Kalihi Valley
I represent KAUPA - Kalihi Ahupua'a Ulu Pono Ahahui, a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore the natural and cultural resources within our ahupua'a through education, outreach, and action. We embrace both the traditional Hawaiian way of caring for our ahupua'a and the scientific process, and advocate balancing today's modern challenges with the wisdon of the past. I look forward to learning more of the Hawaiian cultural practices through Maoliworld!

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Kalihi Waena Streambank Restoration


Get ready to share your aloha for the 'aina at KAUPA's STREAM CLEAN-UP! This month it occurs on Saturday, April 11th, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

KAUPA (Kalihi Ahupua'a Ulu Pono Ahahui) is dedicated to restoring the natural and cultural resources within the Kalihi ahupua'a through education, outreach and action. We are currently working on a Kalihi stream restoration project behind Kalihi Waena Elementary School. This includes… Continue

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 9:29am

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At 10:43pm on November 28, 2009, Gloria Keaka Kay-Gouveia said…
Hey Barb, It's been a while. I need to find time to visit and volunteer. Could you run the schedule by me to see when I can make it. Really appreciate it. Hope all is well with you and the ohana. Keep in touch.
A hui hou, Gloria
At 6:51am on October 9, 2009, Gloria Keaka Kay-Gouveia said…
Aloha Barbara,
Hope all is well with you. Please tell me when is your next clean up.
At 12:09am on March 26, 2009, Gloria Keaka Kay-Gouveia said…
Palapalai fern, lauae, Ti leaves, just to name a few. When is the next clean up? I'll check my schedule, see if I can make it. Keep up the good work. God is always watching.
Malama pono, Gloria
At 9:27pm on February 13, 2009, Gloria Keaka Kay-Gouveia said…
Aloha Barbara,
It is so nice to see you here. I thank you once again for all the Aloha you give to our aina. It is always a pleasure to work with you. Hope to see you soon in Kalihi.
A hui hou, Keaka(Gloria)
At 8:02am on January 31, 2009, Pono Kealoha said…

At 1:11pm on January 30, 2009, ku ching said…

This from Wikipedia - the first item I checked after typing in Kapo-kohe-lele in Google.

Kapo (mythology)
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In Hawaiian mythology, Kapo is a goddess of fertility, sorcery and dark powers who can assume any shape she wills. She is the mother of Laka, although some versions have them as the same goddess. Her parents are Haumea and Kāne Milohai. Kapo also had a detachable vagina, which she once used as a decoy to aid her sister Pele to flee the overzealous Kamapua'a.

[edit] Kapo in myth
"She saved Pele from being raped by Kama-pua'a by sending her flying vagina (kohe lele) as a lure. Kama followed this to Koko Head, Oahu, where it left an imprint. Later Kapo hid it in Ka-lihi Valley."[1]
"When the Hawaiians dream of a woman without a vagina it is Kapo. ... unless a medium possessed by Kapo wears a ti leaf protection she is in danger of having this part of her body torn at."[2]

"Kapo, sister of the poison-tree gods of Maunaloa and proficient in the arts of herb medicine and sorcery, teaches Ke-ao-melemele on the dancing field near Waolani in Nu'uanu valley until she can dance in the skies and over the sea."[3]
"As Kapo’ulakina’u (Kapo-red-spotted) she was the Kapo invoked by kahuna when sending evil back upon someone."[4]

[edit] Kapo in geography
"Kohelepelepe (Volcanic crater; O'ahu.) "Labia Minora" (an imprint said to have been left here by the flying vulva and vagina of Kapo ...; this name was ... changed -- perhaps in missionary days -- to the current name Koko ... "Blood" ...)".[5]
"Koko Head Crater "was Kohelepelepe. That's Hawaiian for 'fringed vulva.' The crater is the imprint of the vulva of Kapo ... . It was a flying vulva, and Kapo used it to lure the pig god here. It flew from here to Kalihi. ...""[6]

[edit] Notes
^ Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert : Hawaiian Dictionary. U Pr of HI, Honolulu, 1971. p. 388a
^ Martha Beckwith : Hawaiian Mythology. Yale U Pr, 1940. p. 187[1]
^ Martha Beckwith : Hawaiian Mythology. Yale U Pr, 1940. p. 522[2]
^ Pu'u-o-kapo-lei
^ Alan C. Ziegler : Hawaiian Natural History, Ecology and Evolution. U of HI Pr, 2002. p. 394
^ Lee Siegel : "Hawaii", p. 106. In :- John Leonard (ed.) : These United States. Nation Books, 2004. pp. 102-111
At 10:49am on January 30, 2009, ku ching said…

I'm ku - living on Hawai'i island - an activist - and very interested in the culture. I am fairly knowledgeable about Pauoa and Nu'uanu Valleys and Pacific Heights.

One of my favorite stories ends in Kalihi - I don't know where.

Do you know the story of Kapokohelele? I won't recite the story here - as you might think that I was trying to be fresh.

Anyway, the story involves a part of a woman's anatomy - that travels from Hawai'i island to Koko Crater (Kohelepelepe), where it comes to a brief rest, then continues its travels to Kalihi. You can Google - Kapokohelele (and I hope you find the story).

Anyway, I've wondered about where in Kalihi the story ended for a long time.

I'd love to know - if you ever get it figured out.



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