Hā'ena is only one of many lands in Nā Kai 'Ewalu (the realm of the eight seas), and each has stories embedded in land, sea, sky, and the lives of the people. Songs of these places are chanted in winds, murmur in water, and resonate out of earth and stone. The character of people is nourished by 'āina and celebrated when transferred from one generation to the next. This story of Hā'ena grew out of affection hoa'āina have for places they inhabit, bearing tribute to that which nourishes mind, body, and spirit and continues to be the kahua (foundation) for identity. This epilogue expresses the desire that Hā'ena's story will serve to inform anyone interested in knowing the land more intimately and that 'ōiwi (Native people) of other places in Hawai'i will seek out their own storied places on the islands of their birth.
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