Hawaiian Knowledge of Ocean Resources
In 2004, Kumu Pono Associates LLC published a detailed ethnography on traditions and history of fisheries in Hawai‘i (spanning ancient times to the historic period). The 2,000 page study, "Ka Hana Lawai‘a..." is summarized in a 44 page document that shares rich details of the traditions, practices and changes in marine resources of the Hawaiian islands (follow link below to see PDF file). The full study may be viewed online at the Hawaiian Digital Library at www.ulukau.org Hawaiian Traditions and Management of Marine Resources.
Within this Kumu Pono Associates LLC study are cited many records from original Hawaiian language documents including land records and native lore that were translated by Kepa Maly. There are also found oral history interviews with kupuna and elder kamaaina, who shared their knowledge of place and life experiences with us. This knowledge gives life to the traditions and landscape of Hawaii, and is a legacy for future generations.
We request your respect of the information. Please do not cite it out of context. And always acknowledge the kupuna, elder kamaaina and source of the documentation.
Aia no kuleana pu me oe! (The responsibility is yours!)