Feb 14, 2016
The 7th Annual ‘Aha ‘Ōpio Kāne conference was held in February at Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center - Heulu Hale in Waiʻanae. There were 250+ boys, ages 13 to 18, from Hawaiʻi to Kauaʻi, with a large contingency from the west coast of Oʻahu participating at the event. The purpose of the conference was to instill the Hoʻokanaka curriculum, fatherhood/family, fend and feed each of the boys, while also introducing them to rooted traditional values, and fostering a modern adaptation of learning. We had excellent motivational and inspirational speakers at the conference: Chairman and Trustee Thomas Kaulukukui Jr., Max Halloway, and Eric Matanane.
Break-out workshops at the conference touched on oli (chant), hoʻoikaika kino (strengthening the body), hula (Hawaiian dance), haʻakoa (dance of the warrior), and huakaʻi Hōkūleʻa (Hōkūleʻa voyaging). All activities were taught in the framework of the halemua. The men and kupuna (wise eldermen) mentored; they encouraged youth interaction and helped to provide the opportunity to be around the “mua” environment.