What is the meaning of Kana'iolowalu?
Modified on: Sat, 11 Oct, 2014 at 4:58 PM
Kana’iolowalu is the Hawaiian name given to the commission that embodies the work being done and the way it is being approached. Na’i refers to striving, achieving, overcoming and even conquering. Many of us know that Kamehameha I was also known as “Kana’iaupuni” or the one who conquered (na’i) and created the kingdom (aupuni). Olowalu refers to a sound similar to that of waves lapping up on the shore that is lined with pebbles; that rustling sound of the movement of the water through the many pebbles. In our use of the word, it refers to the din that is being created by the mass of people who are coming together and moving forward to strive and achieve and recognize the unrelinquished sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people…Kana’iolowalu.
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