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Mokauea Island: Fragment of History

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Joni Bagood, a resident and caretaker for Mokauea


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Anthropologist Kehaulani Kupihea, descendant of families in the Mokauea area


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A house near the landing on Mokauea Island.


   You can see Kilohana peak at the top of Kalihi valley from Mokauea, a tiny island just off the coastline.  Over forty fishponds once laced the area, ali‘i had summer residences , and a struggle over land rights literally blazed on the island in the 1970’s.  Today, we board a canoe with HPR’sNoeTanigawa, for a visit.

Due to past experiences, the Mokauea Fisherman’s Association requests that any visits or requests for information be arranged through Kehaulani Kupihea (Mokauea@gmail.com).

There are more pictures and links on the Mokauea Island Facebook page.

Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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