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Ka’apuni Updates

February 20, 2009, 2:36 PM HST
* Updated January 5, 10:30 AM
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(By Wendy OSHER © 2009)

Ka’apuni Audio: Interview with Ke’eaumoku Kapu, one of several event organizers. Click below for audio from KPOA interview with Ke’eaumoku Kapu.





A torch-lit spiritual journey organized to bring enlightenment and unify those in the native Hawaiian community, begins tonight in West Maui. The 193-mile Ka’apuni or circuit will be preceded by a protocol ceremony at 11 p.m. led by Kapono’ai Molitau. The starting and ending point is at Moku’ula, the capital of Hawai’i in the time of Kauikeaouli, who ruled as Kamehameha III. At midnight, the march proceeds westward in a clockwise pattern around the island, with one of the first stops to be the ancient burial site at Honokahua. Updates on the progress of the journey will be provided under the news link of our website.



  • All are welcome in this walk of spirit and unity to share kinship and common values. No one will be refused participation as long as the purpose of the ka`apuni is understood and accepted.
  • Safety is important and the organizing committee’s safety team will take necessary precautions.
  • Two safety escort vehicles will accompany the walkers throughout the ka`apuni. Medical conditions that may affect you should be made known to the safety escorts.
  • Please come prepared for a variety of weather and road conditions depending upon the area you will be in.
  • Walkers under the age of 18 must be accompanied throughout the ka`apuni by a responsible adult.
  • Since every attempt will be made to walk the alanui of old, it may take walkers off the paved roadways and onto trails (day or night). Radio contact with the walkers will be maintained by the escort vehicles should the alanui not be able to accommodate vehicles.
  • There will be a total of 12 torches for the entire ka`apuni with only two torches lighted at a time. The prepping of the torches prior to lighting will be handled by a designated team.
  • It is maika`i if `ohana that live within the different moku wish to accompany the walkers and represent their moku. Advance notice is encouraged but not necessary.
  • No message/protest signs will be part of the ka`apuni.
  • Acknowledgement by Maui’s different moku may occur and protocol will be followed.
  • Walkers will be asked to wear safety vests for safe visibility.
  • Each escort vehicles will carry a first aid kit.
  • Available at all times will be someone certified in CPR.
  • Communication with emergency medical services will be available through radio and cell contact.
  • Printed information on the ka`apuni will be made available for distribution to help respond to general questions people may have as the walkers travel through the different moku.
  • If walking at night, bring an adequate flashlight.
  • There is no pre-determined amount of distance anyone must walk – you do whatever amount you are comfortable with.


A group of Native Hawaiians have planned a spiritual journey to encircle the island of Maui. The 193-mile trek begins Friday night and is expected to take six days to complete. The ka’apuni or circuit is organized in part by west Maui taro farmer and cultural advocate, Ke’eaumoku Kapu, who will lead the journey intended to help people find spiritual support during trying times. While the journey is organized by and for native Hawaiians, it is not exclusive. The ka’apuni will start and end at the historic Moku’ula site in Lahaina. Follow us as we provide updates of this journey throughout the week.


The event entitled “E Ka’apuni A Ho’a Kukui Na Moku `Aina” will start and end at the historic Moku’ula site in Lahaina. Event participants will gather at Moku’ula, across from Malu Ulu O Lele park at 11 p.m. Friday, February 20th for an opening ceremony, to be followed by the march that starts at midnight. Join us here, online as we bring you the latest updates and progress made around the island.

The event entitled “E Ka’apuni A Ho’a Kukui Na Moku `Aina” was given its name by Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i of Kahakuloa, and speaks to the torch lit walk around the island as a way to enlighten and unify the people of Maui’s twelve moku.


With the Makahiki season upon us, group organizers say it is a time to welcome the return of Lono as the bringer of rain and winds. The season began with the setting of the first new moon after the constellation Makali’i-known in the west as Pleiades-rose in the eastern sky at sunset. During Makahiki, all work by
maka’ainana and Ali’i was restricted and a procession around the island to mark the presence of Lono would signal a time of preparation.

“We recognize that it is a time again to take to the alanui of Maui in respect and acknowledgement of our kupuna I ka wa kahiko. To come together and unify through the acceptance that spirituality will provide a foundation from which future obstacles can be met,” event organizers said.

“We malama each other, our land, our ocean and it is our hope that this ka`apuni will awaken the essence of how we can malama ourselves to prepare for what lies ahead,” said event organizers.

Kapu said the procession also acknowledges challenges that lie ahead in terms of ceded land issues, housing, education, resources, and other difficulties faced by native Hawaiians.

A lighted torch to represent the enlightenment will accompany those participating in the procession. The torch will remain lit throughout the non-stop journey around Maui.


  • Place: The ka`apuni will begin and end in Lahaina, at Moku`ula, the capital of Hawai`i in the time of Kauikeaouli, who ruled as Kamehameha III
  • Start Date: Friday, February 20, 2009.
  • Anticipated completion and return to Moku`ula: February 26, 2009 (keep in mind that this completion date is an estimation)
  • Protocol will occur at the starting and ending of the ka`apuni: A Ha`ule Lani ceremony led by Kaponoa`i Molitau will take place at the end of the ka`apuni to honor all kupuna that have passed but are not forgotten
  • Time: 11:00 pm Opening ceremony led by Kapono`ai Molitau; 12 midnight start of ka`apuni
  • Course: From Moku`ula, head westward, continue clockwise around Maui
  • Updates: For updates on the daily progress and general information go to and click on the news link. Then follow the Ka`apuni Updates.
  • Moku: The 12 moku, or districts, of Maui are (in alphabetical order): Hamakualoa, Hamakuapoko, Hana, Honua`ula, Ka`anapali, Kahikinui, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Ko`olau, Kula, Lahaina, Wailuku

(Created on: February 18, 2009 8:30 AM Posted by: WENDY Last modified on: February 20, 2009 8:45 AM)

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