Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aloha 'Aina - Love of the Land

Take care of the earth as the earth cares for you! 

Hawaiians had a profound love and respect for the land. Before hunting, fishing, planting, harvesting or anything else that they wanted to take from nature, they would first humbly ask permission and give thanks for its bountiful offerings.
Rather than depleting the earth and let greed dictate their actions, Hawaiians knew how to maintain a balanced, harmonious relationship with earth by taking only what they needed, not what they wanted.
Menehune boy Wailau was created in the spirit of nurturing, honoring, and respecting nature’s abundant gifts to humanity.
Here is part of Wailau’s story:

Wailau is named after the gentle waters in the bays of Punalu’u Black Sands Beach where he loves to sail in his Wa’akaukahi (Outrigger Canoe). Once he is on the ocean, Wailau takes out his fishing pole to catch dinner for himself and his Menehune Ohana (family).
First Wailau says a prayer of heartfelt thanks for nature’s abundant offerings. He then humbly asks permission for just enough fish to come to his fishing pole so that he can feed himself and his Ohana.

Wailau knows that if he takes only what he needs, it will always be given freely...

Wailau conveys the spiritual essence of Hawaii.

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