Makahiki 2021 - Week 2
The Hawaiians were hard-working people and so the time of Makahiki was joyous as work was forbidden. Also forbidden was war and certain kapu (law) Makahiki was celebrated with a harvest festival in honor of Lono, one of the four major Hawaiian gods. The other Major gods were Kū, Kāne, and Kanaloa.
Lono was the god of peace, agriculture, and fertility. Makahiki can be compared to Thanksgiving Day and also a Hawaiian New Year. They gave thanks for the past year and prayed for a good year and a good harvest. To show their gratitude Hawaiian people offered Lono ho’okupu (gifts) containing a variety of meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. It’s never too early to be thankful!
As work was forbidden, Hawaiians spent time preparing food for the next four months. They stocked up on salted meats and dried fish and pa’i’ai, or hard poi to be mixed with water. However freshly roasted pork was forbidden as the pua’a (pig) was believed to be one of Lono’s kino lau (body forms).
This week we are proud to highlight The Food Basket, Hawai'i Island's Food Bank. You can learn more on their website at: https://www.hawaiifoodbasket.org