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Jonathan Osorio

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839772

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839772.001.0001

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Pa‘a Ke Kahua

Pa‘a Ke Kahua

(p.39) Pa‘a Ke Kahua
I Ulu I Ka 'Aina

Dana Nāone Hall

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Honokahua and the beginning of the author's efforts to protect burial sites. Before Honokahua, thousands upon thousands of Hawaiian burials had been routinely dug up since the arrival of the missionaries in 1820. What differentiated Honokahua was a drawn-out excavation process that occurred over many months, rather than a quick unearthing and scattering witnessed only by a few. This made it possible for people to comprehend the magnitude of what was happening and, most important, to reflect on the spiritual and moral dimensions of such actions. Once the reality of Honokahua pierced the public conscience, the digging had to stop. In 1990, protection for burial sites was expanded through the adoption of Hawaii's burial law.

Keywords:   Hawaii, Native Hawaiians, burial sites, burial law, Honokahua, Hawaiian burials

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