On July 15, 2019, kūpuna (elders) and cultural practitioners gathered at the base of Mauna Kea to protect their sacred mountain from further desecration, opposing the construction of a Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Kū Kiaʻi Mauna (Guardians of the Mountain) continue their stance, supported by many worldwide, in Kapu Aloha.
Why is Mauna Kea so sacred?
We could go on for days discussing why Mauna Kea is sacred to the Hawaiian people. Here are just a couple of points:
- Mauna Kea is the first born of Papa, the earth mother, and Wākea, the Sky father; the progenitors of the Hawaiian people.
- Looked at as a kupuna (ancestor) of the Hawaiian people.
- It is the piko (navel, umbilical cord) of Hawai'i island.
- Home to Na Akua (the Divine Deities) and Na 'Aumakua (the Divine Ancestors).
What is Kapu Aloha?
This core concept of the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna movement is rooted in ancient old traditions of dignity and integrity. An order of restraint, encouraging actions of kindness, love and empathy. It is the consideration of all things that are outside of your self.
Kapu Aloha has helped the kia'i maintain peace and unity throughout their efforts to protect Mauna Kea.
How can I help?
- Donate funds to support the kia'i.
- Kahea.org - funds are directed towards supplies, transportation services, and bail funds.
- Hawaii Community Bail Fund - donations collected will be used exclusively to bail the kia'i mauna.
- Mauna Medic Healer's Hui - a Target registry where gift cards are used to purchase supplies for the Mauna Medic Healers
- Follow and Share