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Kilo Mahina

Download 2018 Kilo Mahina Calendar

The consistent and intentional observations our kūpuna made of the natural patterns in the environment yielded experts in planting, fishing, navigating, healing and many other practices. Observing the phases of the moon helps us reestablish relationship to our environment and connect to old wisdom.

The Hawaiian lunar month observes between 29 and 30 pō (nights) and is divided into 3 anahulu (10-day periods). Traditionally, moon phases were learned at an early age. The chant below helps one to remember the names and the order of the phases.

Kamali‘i ‘ike ‘ole i ka helu pō

Muku nei, Muku ka malama

Hilo nei, kau ka Hoaka

‘Ehā Kū, ‘ehā ‘Ole

Huna, Mōhalu, Hua, Akua

Hoku, Māhealani, Kulu

‘Ekolu Lā‘au, ‘ekolu ‘Ōle

‘Ekolu Kāloa

Kāne, Lono, Mauli

Pau

OHA’s research department has developed a 2018 Kaulana Mahina Calendar to reference throughout the year. This calendar highlights general fishing and farming observations as gathered from various sources. Fisher, farmer, or not, you are encouraged to make observations that are relevant to you and become more aware of how your daily life relates to the patterns in our natural environment. Click the green button above to download the calendar. Our research department also put together a set and rise time chart, so you know exactly when to keep an eye out for the moon.

Click here to Download the Set and Rise Time Chart.

 

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