Essay on Summary Of ' M Ā ' O Kaho '

1760 Words Dec 8th, 2015 8 Pages
Mālama ʻĀina O Kaho’olawe Kaho’olawe is an island that was illegally taken over by the U.S Military. It was later returned to the people of Hawaii in horrible condition. Walter Rite, chairman of the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission states, “It was the island that shared herself with us. It was the island that told me, ‘Hey I’m dying,’ so, after that one trip it was a total commitment not to allow the island to die.” (Pang Y.B.) Hawaiian people believe that their ancestors came from the land, so it is very important in Hawaiian culture to care for that land that provided so much for them. The U.S government should take responsibility for stripping Kaho’olawe of its fertile sacred grounds. Kaho’olawe was the smallest of the major Hawaiian Islands, consists of forty-five square miles of volcanic craters, hills, valleys, rugged cliffs, and sandy shorelines, with near shore reefs and deep ocean channels (McGregor 250). It lies eight miles south of the second largest island of Maui (McGregor 250). This beautiful island rediscovered 600 archeological sites in 2,000 archeological features; Kahoolawe was inhabited for over 1,000 years (Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission). The house site in Hakioawa was a place of the largest settlement on the island with two-major Heiau, which are temples, one male and one female (Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission). Ku’ulakoa was a plant that grew on Kahoolawe that was used by fishermen to mark and develop their fishing grounds (Mo’olelo…

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