Aia ka Piko i Kilioe

Author: 
Māhealani Chang lāua ‘o Kahulu Ka‘iama

 

Photo: Louie Lopez
 
Kumu hula Māhealani Chang and Kahulu Ka‘iama at their 1994 ‘ūniki at Lanikūhonua, O‘ahu.
 
Photo: Kīhei de Silva
 
Pōhaku Kilioe at Kē‘ē, Kaua‘i, was named for a mo‘o guardian of the cliffs above, and the umbilical cords of infants were deposited in in the stone’s honeycombed face by those who meant for their children to be attached to this ‘āina and its rich traditions of hula.

Aia ka piko i Kilioe
Ka pōhaku nui noho i ke ehu kai
Pā mai ana ka ‘uhane kīhei pua
Me ke ‘ala onaona o ka ulu hala
E ho‘oulu a‘e ana i nā kama lei
I ka poli laua‘e o Makana lā
Hi‘ipoi i ka ‘āina aloha
Hemolele wale i ka mālie
            He inoa no nā kama lei.

The piko is here at Kilioe
The great rock that sits in the sea spray
‘Uhanekīheipua comes forth
With the fragrance of hala
Inspiring the beloved children
In the bosom of Makana
To cherish the land
So perfect in the calm
            A name song for the beloved children.

 

 

© Māhealani Chang and Kahulu Ka‘iama 2006