A Tale of a Whale by Suzanne Michelle

Why are there sharks?

When the Kanaka Maoli saw the stars’ appear in the night sky they knew it was the beginning of the most important holiday of the year. Makahiki.

Makahiki is the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest and time of personal rest, spiritual and cultural renewal. A time for things to replenish. Start new.

All disputes and wars were ceased and there were festivities, competitions and contests between villages.

Even strict Kapu (laws) were temporarily set aside to give more freedom. So everyone could rest and prepare for the next growing season.

Mid October, ancient Hawaiians didn’t fish because Makahiki season is the spawning, birthing, and growing season in the ocean.

The increase in rain causes fresh water to run off into the ocean which attracts sharks. So it’s not coincidence the increase in shark activity started at the beginning of Makahiki because that is how it has always been.

Is it possible that in their wisdom, the ancient Hawaiians stopped fishing during Makahiki for a reason? And the shark attacks are a reminder to return to honoring the traditions of Makahiki?

There are said to be those souls who still return from the past to remind us of those times.

Could the sharks be souls of the past sending us a message to slow down…and let things replenish?

Hawaiian Makahiki Blessing:
“As it has been through time, may this season of Makahiki be a time of new growth and rejuvenation for you physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually”

c: I Love Kailua via @maui247news
(Painting: Herb Kawainui Kane)

What is Ho'o-ilo?

Ho'o-ilo is the winter or rainy season. Winter begins when the Makali'i cluster begins to rise at sunset and set at dawn and is visible most of the night.

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