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Pohaku – May 2, 2013 Pacific Island Heritage Word of the Day

May 2, 2013
Lava Rocks and Tide Pools

Lava Rocks and Tide Pools

Ranger Ruth explores the meaning and nature of pohaku, the Hawaiian word for rock or stone. Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Kona side of the Island of Hawai’i, is a stark and amazing landscape. The resourceful use of the abundent raw materials- rocks and stones- by the native peoples of the islands created a place that was rich and coveted. Walled gardens, house sites, petroglyphs, fishponds, fish traps, and tools were all fabricated from the a’a and pahoehoe lave rocks. It becomes clear, in these circumstances, that a worldview and spirituality associated with these rocks and stones is very different from the rest of the world.

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