|Greg, Philip, Justin, and Kana (L-R)|
|Braving the Mo'oUla Falls|
After going through protocol and learning about the history of the valley we talk story with Pops and hear about life growing up in the valley, being born in the valley, and that fateful day when the tsunami hit. We hear about him leaving the valley to join the navy, about meeting the love of his life, and about the difficulty of finding a successor to keep his knowledge and culture alive. Halawa was one of the few pockets where Hawaiian was still spoken. Although here there are T,B, Y, and V in the alphabet....all letters not used by missionaries to transcribe the language in the mid 1800's. In this valley people still believe in 'nana ike kumu,' which means 'go to the source.' When you want to learn about the language you go to someone who still speaks the language, when you want to remember your roots, you learn all you can from your elders. It seems to be something that today's world forgets to do quite often.
|Greg pounding taro into poi|
If you can't make it to Molokai and Halawa Valley for yourself, check out an amazing film that was just made about Philip Solitario's life and the future of the valley, called Sons of Halawa.
The next best thing to stepping foot on the island is to fly over it in a helicopter, Jurassic Park style. Check out my favorite flight here.