Day 30: Kū – Stand Strong and Live Strong

hawaiian ku voyage hokulea

It’s the last day of the 30 Day Kū Voyage.

And like I always tell people, make sure you finish just as strong as you started.  During this Kū Voyage, I really didn’t know what to expect.  I first started heading in one direction but like the great navigators of the sea, I found myself following a different set of stars to a new destination.

Over the 30 Days, we focused on Hawaiian Values I believe help you live a Kū lifestyle.

Every so often we need to take time to reflect on where we are in life.  It’s serves as a good reminder and allows you get back on the right track.

This is why my last day I want to share with you the ultimate and final Hawaiian Value for a Kū lifestyle.  The value that is at the core of my life, because I truly believe if you live Kū and build a Kū body – great things will come to you.

Be Kū

I’m not going to go on about how becoming stronger is so important.  That was the purpose of these past 30 days. Instead, I would like to share with you a chant called Ka La Hiki (Where the sun rises):

Kailua Beach Sunrise

`O na Kumu akua a pau i hanau  `ia i ka Po
Oh original gods born in remote antiquity
i ka La hiki ku;
where the sun rises;
Ea mai ke kai mai!
Rise up out of the sea!
`O na Kumu ali  `i a pau i hanau  `ia i ka Po
Oh original chiefs born in remote antiquity
i ka La hiki ku;
in the sunrise;
Ea mai ke kai mai!
Arise from the sea!
`O na Lala ali `i a pau i hanau  `ia i ka Po
Oh relatives of all the chiefs born in remote antiquity
i ka La hiki ku;
in the sunrise;

Ea mai ke kai mai!

Arise from the sea!
`O na Welau ali `i a pau i hanau  `ia i ka Po
Oh distant kin of all the chiefs born in remote  antiquity
i ka La hiki ku;
where the sun rises;
Ea mai ke kai mai!
Arise from the sea!
`O na Pua ali  `i a pau,
Oh descendents of the chiefs
E ku e ola!
Stand up and live!
A kau a kaniko `o, pala lau hala
Live to remote old age!
Haumaka  `iole Kolopupu!
Stand until the support of a cane is needed!

This chant is the story behind what it means to live Kū and build a Kū body.

Our roots and who we truly are, are the essentials of a strong life.  We use the chant above in lua, to build up our mana, to show the great gods and na ali (chiefs) that we are continuing on with the culture.  It’s to show our ancestors and the loved one who have passed that we will forever remember them and continue to be strong until the support of the cane is needed and our time is up.

That, my friend, is the Kū lifestyle.  It’s about being strong for those who came before you, for those who are around you today, and especially for those who have yet to come.

Kū Aloha!