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Hapai Pohaku Workshop

September 6, 2012
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The crew with NPS staff and volunteers

For the past six years, the Hapai Pohaku Workshop has come to the Kalaupapa National Historical Park. With rock walls dating from the ancient Hawaiian period up to the modern period, many rock walls in Kalaupapa need repair. In cooperation with the National Parks on the Big Island including, Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historical Site, Pu’uhonanau National Historical Park, Kahaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalaupapa National Historical Park is able to host a group of traditional craftsman in the Hapai Pohaku (dry set masonry). Along with the help of Kalaupapa staff and volunteers, rock walls at Kahaloko Cemetery and at Bishop Home will be repaired this year. On Monday morning of the crew’s first week, the park’s cultural resource team greeted them with a Hawaiian chant. Observance of Hawaiian tradition continues through the in-kind repair of the rock walls. The Hapai Pohaku workshop is part of the Hawaiian Legacy Program which strives to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian skills.

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Rock Walls in Kahaloko Cemetery

By: AM Borthwick

One Comment leave one →
  1. Paul McKelvey permalink
    September 11, 2012 11:06 am

    How did Hawaiians use the walls?

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