Nā Kūpuna - Arline Eaton and Mary Serrao, and Hoakalei Cultural Foundation Honored

Honolulu City Council members honored the late Kūpuna Arline Eaton and Mary Serrao, acknowledging their years of dedication in perpetuating knowledge of Honouliuli Ahupua‘a and the larger ‘Ewa District. It was shared that through their work, knowledge of the traditions and earlier days of Honouliuli were recorded, cultural practices perpetuated, and the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation was established. The programs provide interpretive/educational and stewardship opportunities to the community and parties from around the islands. Council members Pine and Menor authored the resolution and certificates of acknowledgment (unanimously supported by the full Council), and spoke eloquently about the importance of passing on the legacy of Kūpuna and "mālama ‘āina" as a living history of the ‘Ewa community. They also observed the importance of the work the Kūpuna did in partnership with community members and Haseko Hawai‘i, set the foundation for the next generation of leaders in the foundation's mission. Kupuna Eaton's granddaughter, Ku‘uwainani Eaton now fills the role as President, and Kupuna Serrao's daughter, Kau‘i Serrao fills the role of Vice President. Kimberly Kalama serves as the native Hawaiian archaeologist for the work, and more than 30 family members support the efforts.  I mau ke aloha no ka 'aina a me na mea ma‘amau o Hawai‘i.