Malama 'Aina

Lono Returns to the Luakini

Upon completion of the procession of Lono around the island, where the people offered their gifts in his honor, Lonoikamakahiki returned to his home in the luakini temple of the high chief. This was followed by certain ceremonies and rituals, and the people knew that the Makahiki season was coming to a close.

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Goals:
Recall that Makahiki is seasonal; therefore, it must now come to an end, as signified when the Lonoikamakahiki image returns to the luakini;

Describe the kōkō a Maoloha ceremony which was a predictor of the coming year's crops;

Describe the wa‘a o Lono ceremony which recalled the legend of Lono leaving for Kahiki, the ancestral home of Hawaiians, with the promise that he (and therefore, fertility and bounty) will return to Hawai‘i;

Recognize that when the Makahiki season ended, certain kapu were reinstated and people returned to normal, everyday routines; and,

Recognize that with the end of Makahiki, it was no longer the time of Lono; it was now the time of the god Kū.
Lono Returns to the Luakini
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As the Lono procession came to an end, rituals and ceremonies brought the season to a close. Upon completion of these ceremonies, the Lonoikamakahiki images were safely stored away in the luakini.

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Net of Maoloha
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The net of Maoloha was an important ritual done to predict new year’s harvests.

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Lono's Canoe
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Lono's canoe symbolized Lono's return to the ancestral lands of Kahiki. A basket filled with food items was lashed to the outrigger of the canoe and sent off in hopes that Lono would return and there would be an abundance of food in the year ahead.

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Makahiki Comes to a Close
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The wa‘a kea or unpainted canoe indicated the closing of Makahiki. This meant that all kapu were reinstated and it was time to once again to return to work.

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Closing
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As a teacher how would you teach your students on the importance of this celebration of Makahiki?

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Lono Returns Vocabulary List
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