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Mālama I Nā Manu Mūkīkī

#1094 - Hoʻolaukanaka i ka leo o na manu.

The voices of birds give the place a feeling of being inhabited.


The relationship between kanaka (people) and nā manu mūkīkī (Hawaiian honeycreepers) has been deeply intertwined for centuries, rooted in cultural, spiritual, and ecological significance. This pilina (relationship) has helped shape Hawaiian culture and fostered a connection between the people and the natural world.

Here are some key aspects highlighting the importance of this pilina:

Waiwai Ho'oilina (Culture & Heritage)

Kanaka have long held a strong cultural connection to the land and its inhabitants, including nā manu mukīkī. These manu (birds) are revered for their beauty, vibrant plumage, and enchanting songs. They have been featured prominently in mo‘olelo & ka‘ao (Hawaiian mythology, folklore) and ‘oli (traditional chants), symbolizing Hawaiʻi's unique waiwai ho‘olina (heritage). The honeycreepers are part of the Hawaiian culture, representing the deep connection between the people and their ancestral lands.

Kiaʻi ʻAina (Environmental Stewardship)

Nā Hana ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Traditional Knowledge and Practices)

Na Hana Maluō (Conservation and Restoration Efforts)

The relationship between kanaka and nā manu mūkīkī goes beyond simply appreciating their beauty and diversity. It encompasses Hawaiian culture, pili ‘uhane (spiritual beliefs), mālama ʻāina (environmental stewardship), ‘ike ku‘una (traditional knowledge), and a commitment to maluō (conservation). This pilina (relationship) highlights the deep-rooted connection between the people of Hawaiʻi and the natural world, emphasizing the importance of preserving and protecting the unique heritage the nā manu mūkīkī represents.


Pilina: Birds and Hawai‘i - Learn more about pilina between birds and people in Hawaiʻi from Noah Gomes as he shares his experiences documenting six stories about the relationships between birds and the people of these islands.


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