ʻEwa Eke

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19” x 14” Original No‘eau Canvas Eke

To honor the place that Noʻeau operates and serves, we wanted to share moʻolelo from the moku o ʻEwa. This eke was designed with this specific moʻolelo in mind, shared by the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation. 

He Wahi Mo’olelo No Honouliuli, Moku o ‘Ewa—

"Hi’iaka returned from fetching Chief Lohi’au, from Hāʻena. Upon returning him to Pele’s domain of Kaīlauea, Hawai’i she departed Pōhākea and crossed Keahumoa, ‘Ewa on O’ahu.

Hi’iaka saw several women adorning themselves in ma’o lei, and as she felt her own neck, she was without a lei. She then thought to herself, she is going to ask them for a lei, and then offered them a chant. As the women gifted them lei to Hi’iaka, she said “In your dwelling, if one of you should meet with trouble, or if one of the people for whom you have aloha is in need, offer the chant which I offered to you, asking without shame for garlands that you had made. The chant is a prayer for the passing of troubles from you or your loved ones.”

E lei ana ke kula o Keahumoa
‘Ohu‘ohu wale nā wahine kui lei o ke kanahele
Ua like no a like me ka lehua o Hōpoe
Me he pua koili lehua ala i ka lā
Ka oni pua koai‘a i ka pali
I nā kaupoku hale o ‘Āpuku
Ke ku no i ke alo o ka pali
o Pu‘uku‘ua
He ali‘i no na‘e ka ‘āina
He kauwā no na‘e ke kanaka
I kauwā no na‘e wau i ke aloha Na ke aloha no na‘e i kono e haele no māua
E hele no wau a–

The plain of Keahumoa wears the ma‘o i ka ma‘o blossoms as its lei
Adorning the women who string garlands in the wild
It is like the lehua blossoms of Hōpoe
Lehua blossoms upon which the sun beats down
On the nodding koai‘a flowers of the cliff On the rooftops of the houses at ‘Āpuku Rising in the presence of the cliff of Pu‘uku‘ua
The land is indeed a chief
Man is indeed a slave
I am indeed a slave to aloha—love
It is love which invites us two—come
I come–"

He Wahi Mo‘olelo No Honouliuli, Moku o ‘Ewa — Traditional and Historic Accounts of Honouliuli, District of ‘Ewa (Hoakalei Cultural Foundation – Working Paper)