Hōʻale a Maninini (HoAMa)
hōʻama: to begin to ripen. Fig., adolescents beginning to mature.
Hōʻale a Maninini (HoAMa) is a proactive aloha ʻāina restoration initiative to regenerate and renew a living culture of mālama ʻāina (care for homelands), kuleana (collective responsibilities), and ʻai pono (healthy diet) in our Hāmākua and Hawaiʻi Island ʻohana and communities again by cultivating kīpuka (safe spaces) that foster the growth of place-based ancestral knowledge, healthy food- and eco- systems, and strong ʻohana with the capacity to live and thrive in Hāmākua for generations.
The founding of huiMAU and our subsequent development of the HoAMa initiative are direct results of our explicit intentions to cultivate the resurgence (hōʻale) of strong communities in Hāmākua Hikina in which our ʻohana overflow (maninini) with abundance—embodying the spiritual, practical, intellectual, and social capacity to noho papa--to live and thrive in this place for generations. This, we believe, is the firm taproot of a strong ʻohana, community, and lāhui.
Hōʻale a Maninini: Our Program Name
"...a ʻale aʻela ka wai a maninini ihola, a kahe akula, a kiʻo, a lilo i pūnāwai..."
In the moʻolelo kaʻao of Ka-Miki, the young diligent keikikāne, Ka-Miki, is sent up to the summit of Maunakea by his grandmother to fetch the water of Waiau for his ʻūniki. At Waiau, he fills his kānoa (ʻawa bowl), named Hokuʻula, with the sacred water, and then climbs a nearby puʻu. Atop the puʻu, the water in his calabash is stirred up by the wind, causing it to overflow from the kānoa and spill onto the ʻāina. The water then flows down the mountain and underground in Kaʻohe where it eventually emerges as various springs around the mountain. The moʻolelo reads: "...a ʻale aʻela ka wai a maninini ihola, a kahe akula, a kiʻo, a lilo i pūnāwai..." Drawing upon this moʻolelo, we intend to be a catalyst of this resurgence: hōʻale a maninini: to cause our ʻohana and communities to surge and overflow with abundance once again.
The acronym for our name, HoAMa, draws upon the term “hōʻama,” which means “to begin to mature or ripen,” like adolescents reaching maturity.