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Ni'ihau i ke kīkū

Na Kekeha Solis

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LAST UPDATED: 03:37 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013



Synopsis: Why are non-residents of Ni'ihau fishing on and around Ni'ihauā
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Welina e nā makamaka heluhelu mai Hawai'i moku o Keawe a i Ni'ihau a Kahelelani. 'O ia 'ōlelo e kau a'ela i luna, “Ni'ihau i ke kīkū,” he 'ōlelo ia no loko mai o ka puke 'ōlelo no'eau a Mary Kawena Pukui. A 'o ka mana'o i hō'ike 'ia ma loko o ia puke, he kū'oko'a ko Ni'ihau, 'a'ole e kālele i kekahi mokupuni. Mai kahiko mai paha nei 'ōlelo, a ma hope mai paha o ke kū'ai 'ia 'ana o Ni'ihau, 'a'ole i maopopo i ko 'oukou mea kākau. Akā, 'o ka mea i maopopo, pēlā nō ka noho 'ana o ko laila mau 'ohana. I ka wā e kūkala 'ia ai ka pāhola 'ana a'e o kahi makani pāhili a me ka hiki 'ana mai o ke kai ho'ē'e paha i ko kākou mokupuni e noho nei, he aha kā kākou hanaā 'O ka hele koke aku nō i ka hale kū'ai no ke kū'ai 'ana mai i nā pono like 'ole, 'o ke kukui pa'a lima, 'o ka iho uila, ka mea 'ai nō ho'i a pēlā aku. 'O nā mea like 'ole e pono ai ka 'ohana. Akā, pehea nā 'ohana e noho nei ma Ni'ihauā He aha kā lākou hanaā Eia nō ko 'oukou mea kākau ke ha'i aku nei iā 'oukou, “'A'ole maopopo ia'u.” Akā, 'o ka mea i maopopo, 'a'ole hiki iā lākou ke hele wale aku i ka hale kū'ai i mea e kū'ai ai i nā pono like 'ole. A ma hope o ka pāluku 'ana mai o kahi makani pāhili a mea 'ino 'ē a'e paha i ia 'āina aloha, 'a'ole hiki i ko laila po'e ke hele wale aku i ka hale kū'ai no ke kū'ai 'ana i mea 'ai. A 'o ia ihola ka mea e kau a'ela ia po'o mana'o i luna, Ni'ihau i ke kīkū. A no laila, ke paipai aku nei ko 'oukou mea kākau iā 'oukou, 'a'ole e hele aku i Ni'ihau no ka lawai'a 'ana. E waiho aku, na ko Ni'ihau ka lawai'a 'ana i laila. E waiho aku, na ko Ni'ihau ka 'ai 'ana i ka i'a o laila.

Ua pū'iwa ka no'ono'o o ko 'oukou mea kākau i ka lohe 'ana, he hele aku nō kekahi po'e a kokoke loa i Ni'ihau no ka lawai'a 'ana, a 'o kekahi, kau a'e nō i kapakai o Ni'ihau no ke ku'i 'opihi 'ana. He 'ohi hāpuku ho'i. E no'ono'o wale ana nō ia po'e maha 'oi no ko lākou pono. 'A'ohe o lākou no'ono'o iki no ka pono o ko Ni'ihau.

'O ka mea i 'ike 'ia e ko Ni'ihau, ua emi mai nō ka i'a a puni 'o laila ma nā makahiki he 25 i hala. A 'o ka mea maika'i paha, ua 'ike maka 'ia kekahi e ku'i 'opihi ana. A no laila, eia nō kekahi mau luna kau kānāwai ke hana nei no ka pono o ka po'e Ni'ihau. Ke kūkākūkā nei lākou no kahi kānāwai e pāpā ana, 'a'ole e hele wale kekahi e lawai'a a puni 'o Ni'ihau. 'O ka po'e o Ni'ihau wale nō ke lawai'a i laila. He maika'i loa ia. Akā, he wā nō a pa'a ka pila a kū i kānāwai. No laila, no ka manawa, inā 'a'ole 'oe no Ni'ihau, 'a'ole e lawai'a ma laila. A inā 'ike 'oe i kekahi hoa a 'ohana paha e hele ana i laila e lawai'a ai, e ha'i aku, 'a'ole e hana pēlā. 'Oko'a 'o Ni'ihau, 'oko'a nā mokupuni 'ē a'e o kēia pae 'āina, nā mokupuni ho'i i piha i nā hale kū'ai a me nā mākeke like 'ole. 'A'ole pēlā 'o Ni'ihau.

Minamina ka pau o nā i'a ma nā mokupuni 'ē a'e, a pēlā pū me ka pau o ka 'opihi, akā, 'a'ole e “'ohi hāpuku ka makapehu o Kaunu.”

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E ho'ouna 'ia mai na ā leka iā māua, 'o ia ho'i 'o Laiana Wong a me Kekeha Solis ma ka pahu leka uila ma lalo nei:

>> kwong@hawaii.edu

>> rsolis@hawaii.edu

a i ‘ole ia, ma ke kelepona:

>> 956-2627 (Laiana)

>> 956-2627 (Kekeha)

This column is coordinated by Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.






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Ken_Conklin wrote:
So, this week we dredge up an obscure 'olelo no'eau whose meaning is that the people of Ni'ihau are independent. Of course that old saying refers not to their political status but only to their laid-back personality and lifestyle. The concept is that the people of Ni'ihau like to keep to themselves, do their own thing, take care of themselves without depending on others. But i ka wa kahiko Ni'ihau was governed by the chiefs of Kaua'i, and even today it is part of Kaua'i County. If the people of Ni'ihau don't want residents of Kaua'i coming over to fish, then maybe the people of Kaua'i don't want residents of Ni'ihau coming over to Kaua'i to raid the supplies of fresh water, the cans of spam in the supermarket, good jobs at decent wages, etc. There's even a Hawaiian language immersion school in Kekaha Kaua'i especially for Ni'ihau kids. How about if the permanent residents of Kekaha tell the Ni'ihau grocery shoppers and jobholders and Ni'ihau schoolkids to stay away -- stay on Ni'ihau for their spam, jobs and education, "we don't want you over here." Reminds me of the old guy yelling at the neighborhood kids to "get off my lawn."
on December 28,2013 | 04:27AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Shoreline access is going to be an interesting legal issue in view of the Hawaii Supreme Court PASH decision, which says people have a Constitutional right to access the shoreline. That's why we have all those beach access trails between houses, even in highly developed wealthy neighborhoods. The question is, does PASH guarantee shoreline access for people coming from the ocean, or does PASH apply only to shoreline access for people coming from the interior of an island? I have heard Hawaiian sovereignty activists asserting "PASH rights" to demand access to beaches on the military base at Mokapu for kite boarders starting from Kailua beaches. So even if the state passes a law restricting fishing inside a 200-mile international economic zone around Ni'ihau, the PASH decision might prohibit the state from passing any law that would deny access and "gathering rights" to the Ni'ihau shoreline by people from outside Ni'ihau, including residents of Kaua'i or even O'ahu.
on December 28,2013 | 04:27AM
DiverDave wrote:
The overfishing of the coast is a problem not uncommon elsewhere in the Islands. Hawaii talks a good game when it comes to "saving the aina, but in the end it is most of the time Polynesian-Hawaiians who claim "sacred fishing rights" and believe that while conservation is a good thing, it should only affect "others" and not them because "they were here first"! If no one lived on Ni'ihau a conservation plan would have to be put in place, and enforced, anyway. Unlike most other islands in the chain this small island is totally owned by one family, having bought it from Kamehameha IV. (So much for the "land was stolen" thing) Because of the self imposed cap on their island's population, and the most excellent stewardship shown in the past by the family, they should be allowed to continue their small amount of subsistence fishing as long as they do not sell or export these fish off the island
on December 28,2013 | 07:31AM
DiverDave wrote:
Only about 130 people live on the island. It has cyclical years of draught (something King Kamehameha IV didn't tell the Sinclairs in the autumn of 1863 after the heaviest rainfall in its history). Prior to the sale when draught years occurred people would leave the island, only to return when rains returned. So, the island was looked at as not feasible for any commercial venture. This was quite a challenge when the Sinclairs, originally from New Zealand discovered this. With back breaking work, they have over 150 years, carved out a good life style for all.
on December 28,2013 | 07:51AM
DiverDave wrote:
Only about 130 people live on the island. It has cyclical years of draught (something King Kam IV didn't tell the Sinclairs in the autumn of 1863 after the heaviest rainfall in its history). Prior to the sale when draught years occurred people would leave the island, only to return when rains returned. So, the island was looked at as not feasible for any commercial venture. This was quite a challenge when the Sinclairs, originally from New Zealand discovered this. With back breaking work, they have over 150 years, carved out a good life style for all.
on December 28,2013 | 07:51AM
DiverDave wrote:
As a side note: The selling of the Kings land on Niihau and elsewhere alarmed those in the upper and lower houses of the Kingdom's government. The reason was that the King's lands had become encumbered with debt from poor financial deals, gambling, and general drunkenness. By 1865 there was a real prospect that the King would loose much of his land to creditors. So, the legislature bailed out the King's debt, and established a commission to oversee the lands, with the stipulation that these "Crown" lands, as they were from then on known, would never be sold, and would not be owned personally by future Kings, but could be only leased, the money going to the maintenance of any King in power. An exception to the "no sale" rule was made when the legislature approved, during the Kalakaua dynasty, the sale to Claus Spreckels the area now known as Spreckelsville on Maui. This is why when the Monarchy ceased to exist, these lands were owned by the government, were passed on to the Republic of Hawaii, then the Territorial government, and ultimately now to the State of Hawaii. Nothing stolen, still here, for all.
on December 28,2013 | 07:59AM
DiverDave wrote:
As a side note: The selling of the Kings land on Niihau and elsewhere alarmed those in the upper and lower houses of the Kingdom's government. The reason was that the King's lands had become encumbered with debt from poor financial deals, gambling, and general drunkenness. By 1865 there was a real prospect that the King would loose much of his land to creditors. So, the legislature bailed out the King's debt, and established a commission to oversee the lands, with the stipulation that these "Crown" lands, as they were from then on known, would never be sold, and would not be owned personally by future Kings, but could be only leased, the money going to the maintenance of any King in power. An exception to the "no sale" rule was made when the legislature approved, during the Kalakaua dynasty, the sale to Claus Spreckels the area now known as Spreckelsville on Maui. This is why when the Monarchy ceased to exist, these lands were owned by the government, were passed on to the Republic of Hawaii, then the Territorial government, and ultimately now to the State of Hawaii. Nothing stolen, still here, for all.
on December 28,2013 | 07:59AM
DiverDave wrote:
Read: "NI'IHAU, The Last Hawaiian Island", by Ruth M.Tabrah.
on December 28,2013 | 08:10AM
DiverDave wrote:
Read: "NI'IHAU, The Last Hawaiian Island" by Ruth Trabau
on December 28,2013 | 08:12AM
DiverDave wrote:
Sorry about the multiple postings everyone. My posting would be "sent for approval" and when I tried again it would go through. Then later the first try would appear. Mahalo, David
on December 28,2013 | 05:09PM
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