MEO Youth Services keiki discovers Makahiki

December 31, 2021, 12:30 p.m. HST
* Updated December 31, 2:04 a.m.

Kumu Teva Medeiros teaches Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services keiki on Makahiki at Ulua Beach in Kīhei on Tuesday, December 28. PC: Maui Economic Opportunity

Traditional Makahiki customs were passed on to 10 keiki through the Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services program. The lessons were taught by Kumu Teva Medeiros during a scheduled outing on Tuesday, December 28 at Ulua Beach in Kīhei, Maui.

Medeiros conveyed the importance that Native Hawaiian warriors placed on physical sports during downtime between the wars to stay physically and mentally fit. This was done during the Makahiki season around the New Year’s Eve.

Participants learned the haka moa, pā uma and ‘alo ‘ia and the importance of observing their natural environment to become aware of the environment and the seasonal changes that affect daily life.

Medeiros is a Hawaiian language immersion teacher at Ke Kula Kaiapuni O Lahaina.

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Youth Services is currently hosting a winter vacation session of its Substance Abuse, Bullying and Suicide Prevention Program. Children participate in fun activities, strengthen family, embrace culture and reinforce healthy lifestyles.

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