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Mana Wahine Mau A Mau

Moeikuahiwi signed the Kūʻē Petition from Lāʻie, Koʻolauloa, Oʻahu at age 20, along with her family (page 62). The following is a except of her story written by her great-great-granddaughter, shared with her permission:


Moeikuahiwi was the backbone that carried on the old ways of birthing, healing and feeding of her family and community. She practiced the old ways of using la'au in the birthing process with her daughter Mary Kalaukua (Kamauoha) Pukahi.

With la'au lapa'au, many were healed by Moeikuahiwi.

She and her daughter Mary Kalakaua Kamauoha were midwives in La'ie.

Together, they helped many women with the birthing process.

Grandson Reuben Moewa'a Pukahi recalled his grandmother's healing touch.

When a western doctor in Kahuku debated on how to repair a childhood collarbone break, it was grandma Moeikuahiwi that had clarity to heal.

Moeikuahiwi traveled from Lā'ie to Kahuku with la'au in hand and healed the break instantly.

Moeikuahiwi had a keen eye to look for la'au in a changing Hawaiian landscape.

The Kahuku Sugar Plantation had a strong part in creating unrest in the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Also, Moeikuahiwi and her husband Kamauoha had lo'i kalo in La'ie.

They maintained patches of healthy taro that feed more than her own Kamauoha grand children.

Growing food continues to be a family goal in Ko'olauloa.

We honoring our kupuna's wishes to grow food.

Today, we are able to feed families that want a traditional diet.

In recent years, we were able to easily donate large quantities of ulu (breadfruit) from humble backyard trees to feed marchers in the 2019 Unity March for Maunakea.

Many of Moeikuahiwi's descendants reside in our kulaiwi and neighboring North Shore Oahu communities.

We love the rural character of our homes.

Mana wahine mau a mau,

Shannon Lokelani Oberle

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