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Ceremony marks transfer of Waimea Valley land to cultural group

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Keanui Doane placed an offering Saturday during a blessing and dedication of Puukua, a 3.75-acre property in Waimea Valley. Doane and Leilani Kupahu-Marino Kaho‘ano, right, are descendants of Kahuna Nui Hewahewa.

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Palapala Estrella, left, and Kapuna Kanani Awai listened Saturday during the blessing.

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Ka Pouhanu with the department of Hawaiian Affairs led a chant Saturday during the blessing and dedication of Puukua in Waimea Valley.