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Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2013

~~<p>The Oahu Island Burial Council is part of a grassroots network created under state law to make sure someone with familial ties to the land is looking out for the iwi kupuna. They are the bones of the ancestors that are buried throughout the islands rather than sequestered behind fences in Western-style cemeteries. </p>
<p>The Hawaiian word for burial, kanu, also means &ldquo;a planting,&rdquo; so the clear sense is that Hawaiians view iwi as belonging to the land.</p>
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The Oahu Island Burial Council is part of a grassroots network created under state law to make sure someone with familial ties to the land is looking out for the iwi kupuna. They are the bones of the ancestors that are buried throughout the islands rather than sequestered behind fences in Western-style cemeteries.

The Hawaiian word for burial, kanu, also means “a planting,” so the clear sense is that Hawaiians view iwi as belonging to the land. Login for more...



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