Kanaloa extends wana

Kupuna Vanda Hanakahi revealed the symbolism in this photo showing a main Hawaiian deity, Kanaloa, extending the wana (urchin) skyward. The wana is connected to the wanana, prophecy or truth. Hanakahi said the meat of the wana, ‘i’o represents a person’s tongue. “It is through the tongue that truth would be spoken and ike (knowledge) shared for the betterment of future generations. Ike is given with caution for each ‘ohana, ahupua’a and moku.”

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Kanaloa extends wana

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