Makena Past, Present & Future Forum

A public forum was held Monday, January 21, 2008 at the Kihei Community Center. The purpose of the forum was to discuss and exaime the implications of further development on the area. This report will examine some of the material presented at that forum.

The first of four panels included Lucienne DeNaie  and John Lu'uwai. Lucienne was just completing a report entitled: Project Ka'eo, The Challenge to Preserve Cultural Landscapes in Modern Makena, A land famous with the Chiefs from the distance past. In the clips from Forum Lucienne explains briefly what she found and what she thinks are the implications of her study on the process of developing Makena.

(Ed Note: Following is Lucienne DeNaie remarks announcing her new book in a press release. I can not improve on it so I present it here. Below are her comments at the Public forum and I encourage taking a moment to hear her.)

Aloha kakou-

I am happy to announce that the final print version of the Project Ka'eo, Makena History research report will be coming off the press this week. In addition, 100 cd ROMs will also be available by the time of the upcoming press conference  on Feb 28   1-2 pm Wailuku Library.

 The library is very excited about receiving the first copy of the final book. We will distribute them to the other libraries, schools, cultural groups and institutions etc over the next few weeks.

Mahalo to all who have made this day possible. Please come to the press conference if you can and spread the word to other Makena kama'aina to invite them.

Project Ka'eo Press Advisory:    2/23/08

Makena's ancient history will be coming to life for thousands  of Maui students, cultural practitioners and interested public with the  release of the OHA funded Project Ka'eo Report at a press conference to be held at the  Wailuku Library on Thursday,  February 28 from 1-2 pm

The final print version of Project Ka'eo: The Challenge to Preserve Cultural Landscapes in Modern Makena, the first widely available book documenting one thousand years of Makena's history, will be presented to local libraries, schools, cultural groups and policy makers throughout the state over the next several months. The first presentation will be made at the historic Wailuku library.

The 400 page, richly illustrated work was funded through a grant from the Office of Hawaiian  Affairs with support from the Kukahiko Foundation and Maui Tomorrow Foundation. Representatives of the Mayor's office and Maui County Council have been invited to the event to receive their copies of the ground breaking document.

Project Ka'eo was researched over a two year period and co-authored by respected Maui archaeologist Theresa Donham and historical  researcher Lucienne de Naie. The Project Ka'eo  authors dug into long-forgotten records and files as well as the latest historical accounts made possible by recent translations of old documents.

The historical portion of the book builds on past research efforts by local and national authors and historians and includes the recollections of many Makena residents.  It is dedicated to Makena's kama'aina families and UH  Ethnic Studies Department Professor, Marion Kelly. who first researched the region in the 1980's. Project Ka'eo is based upon solid scholarship, but does not shrink from examining controversial subjects such as the irregularities in efforts to document and preserve the region's cultural landmarks.

 The complete book can be downloaded at http://projectkaeo.blogspot.com/

 For additional information contact Irene Bowie at <huladog1@earthlink.net> or call 268-0303

(Editor's Note: The study area includes Everett Dowling's Maluaka project and give a good idea of what is being lost by the action of this developer.)


Message Board The place to post your views on how Makena should be developed.

Contacts: Stewards of Makena

Friends of Makena State Park

 Friends of Makena State Park was formally formed in 2003 to assist the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources in the stewardship of  Makena State Park.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the stewardship of  the unique natural resource that constitutes Makena State Park situated on the island of Maui in the Hawai 'i Islands. The world famous nude beach known as Little Beach is contiguous to Makena State Park.

To declare your membership and to receive the electronic newsletter of Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park click this link: LittleBeachMaui-subscribe@topica.com  and send a blank email.

Consider a contribution to Doctor Leisure if you want to help defray the cost of this site and the efforts to obtain lifeguards. Enter the amount you wish to contribute. I would rather see a lot of small donation $25 or less. If you want to send more sizable please make check payable to Church and School of International Detente and submit to PO Box 1137, Kihei, HI 96753-1137 The Church is tax exempt under State and Federal law. Aloha for your support.


Dr. Leisure's Friends of Makena State Park
PO Box 1137
Kihei, HI 96753

--Dr. George R. Harker can be reached by email at drleisure1@aol.com.

Article may be reproduced with appropriate credit: drleisure.com

Copyright 2008, Dr. Leisure

©Copyright 2008 Dr. Leisure. All rights reserved.

Dr Leisure