KAUAʻI | OʻAHU | HAWAIʻI
WAHI PANA (VUH-HE PUH-NUH): N. LEGENDARY PLACE
From a really young age, I've always been interested in history, I even minored in it in college. I loved hearing stories about people and places and learning about the things that happened before us and I'm pretty sure I got that from my dad. My pops loved to learn new things, especially about Hawaiian history and culture. He taught himself how to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, play ʻukulele, and read up on all kine moʻolelo.
Growing up, pops would take us to go holoholo all over the island to all his "secret" spots (places like the Nuʻuanu Pali and Lēʻahi aren't exactly secret, but when your 6 yrs old, everything is a wonder). He always had a story for every place he took us. Whether it was a story from his childhood, an ancient Hawaiian legend, a historical event he learned about, or just a little factoid, he always had a story to tell and I loved hearing them from him. I thought it was so cool that every place had a history behind it and that he had a special connection to each of these places.
Lōliʻi was inspired by my love for Hawaiʻi. I was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu. Swimming in the ocean at all the gorgeous beaches around the island, hiking into valleys and up mountains, dipping my toes into ponds and streams, feeling all the different winds and rains, gazing up at the stars on clear nights- Hawaiʻi has given me so much. It is my constant source of inspiration and a place that brings me so much comfort and joy.
Many landmarks and places today are know by their nicknames or foreign names instead of their actual Hawaiian names. Lōliʻi pieces are named after significant places in Hawai’i using their Hawaiian names. These are all places that are very special to me, ku’u wahi pana. I chose to do this to honor my Hawaiian culture and these extraordinary places, but also to honor my dad, who loved me with all his heart and inspired me to embrace my culture proudly. Something I've learned from my pops is that every place has history and a story to be told.
Wahi Pana is a collection of articles I've written and created to tell the story behind these names. Every product description has a link to one of these articles where you can learn more about that specific place. In Hawaiian, the world aʻo means to learn, but it also means to teach. When we are give the opportunity to learn more, we are also given the opportunity to share that ‘ike with others. Learn more, teach more- E aʻo hou.