ʻIke Hana Noʻeau "Experience the Skillful Work"

Ma ka hana ka ʻike (Knowledge can be acquired by doing)

A captivating new video series produced, created and hosted by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park rangers shares authentic Hawaiian cultural practices beyond the park to homes and classrooms anywhere. The short films are both “talk story” documentary and tutorial, and enable a friendly connection to traditional Hawaiian lifestyle practices.

The video series is titled ʻIke Hana Noʻeau (Experience the Skillful Work),” and evolved from the in-person cultural demonstrations hosted by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park at Kīlauea Visitor Center. The in-person programs are on hold, but the park’s mission to share authentic Hawaiian culture is stronger than ever. The video host Park Ranger Sean Miday is kanaka maoli (native Hawaiian) and an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) speaker, who rolls up his sleeves and jumps in to learn these important traditions along with the viewer.


S02- Episode 1: Ho'okupu

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12 minutes, 40 seconds

Season Two of the 'Ike Hana No'eau continues with the debut of Ho'okupu. At the summit of Kīlauea, hula practitioners and offer oli (chants) and other offerings to Pelehonuamea and elementals in this area. Join Kumu Hula Huihui Kanahele-Mossman and Ranger Hoʻolaʻi Miday as they share the function and protocol of hoʻokupu, the action of creating growth.


S02- Episode 2: ʻOhi Wai

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9 minutes, 57 seconds

Discover how Native Hawaiians traditionally collected water through gourds as it filtered through the ceilings of lava tubes, enabling them to survive in the driest of habitats. Former park ranger and naturalist Bobby Camara and park archeologist Summer Roper-Todd are among the experts featured in this documentary.


S01- Episode 1: Ku'i Kalo

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23 minutes, 33 seconds

Poi is the staple food of the Hawaiian people and kuʻi kalo is the process of pounding cooked taro corms to make poi. For many Native Hawaiians, this process is a way to connect with their older brother Hāloanakalaukapalili who in a cosmology story fed them and continues to feed them today. 


S01- Episode 2: Lei Lāʻī

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16 minutes, 37 seconds

Lāʻī, also known as ti leaf, is used in many different aspects of Hawaiian life. It is used for ceremony, healing, protection, cooking, lei, and much more. Lei lāʻī is a hula adornment, but the leaves used also represent deities Laka (forest and hula) and Lono (harmony and agriculture), as well as kūpuna (ancestors).


S01- Episode 3: Ipu Heke ʻOle

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18 minutes, 51 seconds

The rhythmic beat of the ipu heke ʻole, single gourd drum, is prominent in hula kahiko (traditional hula). Crafting an ipu heke ʻole is an intricate process that involves growing and shaping the gourds, hand pollinating the plants, and constructing trellises so they grow to produce a beautiful sound. The gourd helps hula dancers tell their story and share the sounds of the islands. The ipu heke ʻole is more than an instrument, it is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.


Season 1: Trailers


Last updated: September 27, 2023

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