Letter from the Chairman
Pa‘a ke kahua, kū ‘ia nā pou kihi, nā pou hana, kau ‘ia ke kaupoko o ka hale o Kūkāne.
Set is the foundation, the corner posts and center pillar erected, the ridgepole and roofing placed above the house of Kūkāne.
Me ‘oukou e na hoa makamaka o ko one hanau ka welina o ke aloha,
Fond greetings and aloha to fellow kinsmen of our homeland. Since the inaugural ‘Aha Käne in 2006, the first ever Native Hawaiian Men’s Health Conference was established to address the social, political, and cultural challenges facing our communities and the roles & responsibilities of Native Hawaiian males. Thus, the kahua or foundation was set in terms of ‘Aha Kāne focus which is to uplift, direct, guide, & encourage kane to fulfill such obligations in their ‘ohana, community, & society as leaders.
In 2010, the second ‘Aha Kāne Native Hawaiian Men’s Health Conference built upon the works of the previous conference by focusing on a deeper, spiritual, & cultural grounding by expanding the various traditional arts to include lā‘au lapa‘au, ho‘oponopono, & lomilomi. Kupuna as well as kumu or masters of such traditions were identified in mālama ‘āina-resource management, mahi ‘ai kalo, navigation, & umu hau pōhaku (dray stack masonry). The opening conference protocol highlighted the role of ‘ōlelo through ha‘i ‘ōlelo or oration, hula kahiko, oli, ‘awa ceremony, traditional fighting arts, & ho‘okipa.
In 2012, we shall continue to kūkulu hou, reestablish, reaffirm, and reconstruct the various arts and traditions in a unified commitment to perpetuate the house of Kūkāne. This shall be done by strategic effort to support the training, mentoring, & future preservation of cultural practices as the basis of our Hawaiian identity and kuleana to protect & care for the ‘āina, kai, water, & heritage of our ancestors. We move forward in solidarity as Kūkāne, male kinsmen, to act now for the unborn hanauna yet to come.
Me ka ha’aha’a,
Papa Komike Chairman