In ancient times our ancestors carried heavy loads over long distances with the help of a ko’oko’o’ a long strong stick. They attached their heavy loads to both ends of the ko’oko’o and placed the ko’oko’o over their shoulders. Lifting their heavy burdens with the balanced support of the ko’oko’o over their shoulders, they were able to walk from the mountains to the ocean, probably taking foods such as kalo (taro), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘ulu (breadfruit). From the ocean, they loaded up with various types of fish, seaweed and urchins and took this upland to their village. The ko’oko’o helped our ancestors fulfill their kuleana (responsibilities) to their families.
Kuleana is a very important part of our lives, for we are indeed responsible for the health and well being of our families just as our ancestors were many years ago. As they passed on their knowledge to future generations we too aspire to pass on these cultural practices and values. The ko’oko’o enables us to do this, to share the values of kuleana, ‘ohana, lõkahi, kõkua and so many other cultural practices handed to us by our ancestors. NHC is very grateful to Aunty Malia Craver, Dennis Kauahi, and Louella “Cuddles” King of Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center for sharing the lessons of kuleana through the ko’oko’o.
The strength of Nãnãkuli Housing Corporation comes from commitment to traditional cultural values, compassion, persistence and determination for the work that needs to be done.
Louella “Cuddles” King, Auntie Malia Craver, Dennis Kauahi
Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center
Dennis Kauahi presenting ko’oko’o to NHC’s homeownership participant
The values that drive Nãnãkuli Housing Corporation:
• We honor and respect our people, nurture their capacity to help themselves, recognize their strengths and seek their mana’o on major decisions.
• We strive to learn about honor, teach and model our cultural values in every aspect of our work.
• We embrace the principles of ho’olaulima (working together), lõkahi (harmony, unity), aloha (love), hõ’ihi (respect), ha’aha’a (humility), ‘ohana (family), and ho’oponopono (setting things right).
• We continue to build alliances in the best interests of our people and our community.
• We continuously review and monitor our operations to ensure that we are making best use of available opportunities and resources.
• We will be responsible and accountable.
• We expect honesty and integrity from all who join our ‘ohana.
2009 Self Help Home Repair and Home Maintenance
Graduating Class with Ko’oko’o