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Inmates find healing and spiritual strength with makahiki events

  • KAI MARKELL / OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

    Inmates at Waiawa Correctional Facility participate in makahiki rituals. “The amazing healing spirit present at these ceremonies not only helps to heal the inmates, but the guards, administration and families who are able to obtain glimpses of their sons, fathers and brothers making positive change,” said Kai Markell, a manager with OHA who documents the events.

The makahiki season is primarily a time to celebrate the harvest and pay homage to Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility and rain, but for about 100 inmates at the Halawa and Waiawa correctional facilities, it’s been an opportunity to cultivate their Native Hawaiian identity and grow spiritually. Read more

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