Our Pahu



(The endurance of the peaceful, tranquil place where beautiful plants thrive)

Completed: July 2012                            Height: 23”
Drum: Niu (Coconut)                              Diameter: 16.5”
Skin: Cowhide                                           Lashing: Nylon

Made from one of the coconut trees that stood near the original Ka‘ōleiokū building on the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School campus, Keahonuiokala‘iuluwehi was created by current and former staff members of Pū‘ulu Lehua.

The pattern encompasses two rows of triangles interspersed with fan-shaped blossoms of the lehua. The top row of triangles represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The lower row symbolizes the honua (earth), kai (sea) and lani (sky).

As haumāna persevere in developing their relationship with God, they will also become rooted in their native Hawaiian culture. Ho‘omau or perseverance is the value associated with the lehua as these are the first plants to thrive on the freshly cooled lava fields in these islands.