Take a step onto my HONUA [world]

Mai ka piʻina a ka lā i Haʻehaʻe a i ka mole ʻolu o Lehua. Aloha kākou. Twenty. Keaukaha. Hawaiian. Anthropology and Hawaiian Studies. Call me Halena, Haily, Hail (NEVER HAL), or Hailey-kun.
Do i look like an Anthropologist yet?

Do i look like an Anthropologist yet?

"Kaonowailani" etched into the rocks at nuʻuanu falls.  Thanks to the kupuna for revealing it to us!

"Kaonowailani" etched into the rocks at nuʻuanu falls. Thanks to the kupuna for revealing it to us!

I can already see all of my museum friends in this interactive part of the museum to try on all the oceanic costumes lol

I can already see all of my museum friends in this interactive part of the museum to try on all the oceanic costumes lol

My workspace for today!

My workspace for today!

These cookies taste even better after 10000 from and to hawaiʻi lol. Thank jen!

These cookies taste even better after 10000 from and to hawaiʻi lol. Thank jen!

I found the only plumeria tree in DC. Of course i had to pick one for myself :)

I found the only plumeria tree in DC. Of course i had to pick one for myself :)

Staff only level of nmnh. Sima is pau!

Staff only level of nmnh. Sima is pau!

Look who was at the national anthropological archives…

Look who was at the national anthropological archives…

Ma ka hana ka ʻike. Experimentation IS a Hawaiian method. You all cannot see it. But this is an 8-ply braid (uilo or hilu pāwalu). And yes because there was no craft store nearby and my fellow Sima participants did not want to loan me some of their long locks, i had to improvise with waxed mint floss. Making these strands to imagine what it feels like to braid hundreds of strands of human hair!

Ma ka hana ka ʻike. Experimentation IS a Hawaiian method. You all cannot see it. But this is an 8-ply braid (uilo or hilu pāwalu). And yes because there was no craft store nearby and my fellow Sima participants did not want to loan me some of their long locks, i had to improvise with waxed mint floss. Making these strands to imagine what it feels like to braid hundreds of strands of human hair!