Vision

Our Vision is to establish a center to support indigenous fighting arts, customs traditions and history.

 

       Our Mission is to promote and preserve cultural and traditional knowledge through the use and practice of our indigenous fighting arts.

 

Reviving the traditional indigenous fighting arts of a people, that have over a thousand years of knowledge within their traditions, will also help to strengthen the other arts .

Our objective is to reach out to various pacific island countries to help revitalize their warrior fighting arts, so that those traditional practices are recorded, documented, and passed on to future generations. This research and commitment will  lead to the development of instructors trained in their fighting arts, with traditional training schools or pā emerging in the future.

 

This undertaking will bring about the various loea or experts in the traditional community to help train this next generation of leaders as well as perpetuating their own select arts in the process.

 

Disciplines in the indigenous arts of war include philosophy of their warrior arts, weaponry and its uses, medicinal plant uses, natural plant fibers and uses, wood working and stone carving, cultural and historical knowledge of other Pacific Island fighting arts, traditional knowledge of agriculture, fishing, astronomy, language, moʻolelo or stories of their ancient people, genealogy , canoe building, spirituality and more. These teachings were once a part of all warrior arts as well as other arts in the days of antiquity. These help to mold a complete warrior, who can understand, think and make clear and valued decisions for his or her self and the community, this we call "ʻIKE".

For those who are teachers in any art, there is more to the art than just the physical aspect of war. There is a genealogy that can be followed from teacher to teacher, island to island or from a people to a people. Kuʻialuaopuna wants to trace our genealogy of our Hawaiian fighting arts from the various migrations that came to Hawaiʻi, from Raiatea, Sāmoa, Tonga, Marquesas and other places. We  would like to view at this connection through the eyes of our ancestors. This is one of the reasons we would like to voyage  back home and help to revive these traditions from our kupuna islands. We will begin our journey in French Polynesia and we will keep you up to date on our voyage back home. Mahalo loa ( Much thanks)

While traveling through some parts the Pacific within the last 20 years with my ʻōlohe Lua Richard Pagliawan and Moses Kalauokalani, we have been in search of other Pacific Islanders who still train in their warrior arts. While traveling to Tahiti, Marquesas and Rapa Nui,  we spoke with a few older kupuna or elders about their traditional fighting arts. No one could be certain if their indigenous fighting arts were still alive in practice. Performances of  traditional dances from Tahiti, Marquesas, New Caledonia to Rapa Nui, show that they do have their warrior fighting arts still contained within their traditional dances. We have not found many who still had any knowledge of their traditional fighting arts being practiced today, except for the Maori people of Aotearoa, where their warrior arts are strong and in revival.

Kuʻialuaopunaʻs mission is to reconnect with islands like Tahiti, Rapa Nui , Marquesas and others, so we can assist in recovering, researching  and recording of any information on their traditional fighting arts. Information would be collected from tupuna interviews, old documents and writings, from museums and manuscripts and from legends and stories, so that we can start to piece this information together and  help in the revival of these amazing arts. 

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Aotearoa & Raiatea 'ohana

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Taputapuatea

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Rapa nui - Sergio Rapu & Richard Paglinawan

Organizational Goals

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     We envision big projects that will require many hands in different communities around the Pacific to accomplish!

  • In 5 years, we would like to see the formation of a few traditional pa set up and established around the various Pacific Islands. Our direct focus in the beginning will be in Raiatea, Tahiti and Rapa Nui. 

  • A United Pacific Organization can eventually be developed to further nurture these arts into the future, where Hawaiʻi and Aotearoa, can join in with these new start up schools or hālau.

  • Construct a large 1 room dorm on our non-profit property in Puna, Hawai'i.

  • Building of a certified kitchen on property as well as a caretakers cabin.

  • With all traditional fighting arts, the haumāna or student will learn other fine arts such as wood working, stone carving, hula, cordage making, fishing practices, planting and medicinal healing through herbs, kakau or tattooing and more.

  • A space where traditional loea or experts and other community practitioners become involved in teaching, research and developing curriculum  for the student and the arts. All indigenous practices flourish to support each other in growth and expansion of the culture and pride.

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Lua training grounds

This Pā Lua or Lua training site is where traditional learning takes place. This is  one of our  educational sites that are open for use, to other practitioners and educational groups of various professions and arts. This is a more traditional classroom setting where the environment plays a vital role in the students learning process and understanding that we are part of the forest, land, ocean, and sky. All these forces have a living energy that we can choose to be a part of in the learning process, which makes us aware that we are not the only inhabitants on the land and our kupuna are here with us.

Traditional Imu cooking

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