Mauna Kea inspiring a new generation of Ho'oponopono practitioners
The situation taking place on Mauna Kea is inspiring a new generation of Ho'oponopono practitioners.
"I love her so much because of that Aloha she would have," one kupuna said when teaching about ho'oponopono.
Elders shared the stories of those who came before them, honoring the past so they can teach the future.
Practitioners met at Windward Community College for a conference capping off an effort to teach more than 100 students across the state.
"Some will refer to it as conflict resolution or mediation. Ho'oponopono is much deeper and broader than that because you have different aspects of Hawaiian healing," cultural practitioner Kamana'opono Crabbe said.
This time it takes on a special meaning, elders joined in the worldwide Jam 4 Mauna Kea, showing solidarity with those who have now been on the Mauna for over a month.
Mediation has been a challenge because between kia'i, police, government and TMT project leaders there are so many issues at play.
"They are at a stalemate so it's very difficult to actually assist at this point," Crabbe said.
While ho'oponopono starts with the family, it grows to community and elders say Mauna Kea hits close to home.
"It's just one example of what many feel have been transgressions or harm either physically or emotionally done to the Hawaiian community that has gone on for years," Crabbe said. "What you see is a big wave, a big movement, a big momentum."
Armed with lessons from the past, now facing a battle for the future.