Hailing from Hawaiʻi, the ʻio (buteo solitarius), also known as the hawk, symbolizes royalty and the heavenly sphere. The ʻio is solitary, often detached and observant, and soars across the sky with grace while keeping a keen eye focused on the ʻāina. She glides upon the winds, guided by her wings of intuition.

kīkaha ka ‘io i ka mālie

Hāloanakalaukapalili, firstborn child of Wākea and Hoʻohōkūkalani, is the older sibling to Kanaka Maoli, and our kinship reminds us of our connection and kuleana to the ʻāina. At the time of Hāloanakalaukapalili’s birth it was discovered that he was stillborn, so he was planted into the earth. From that place sprouted the first kalo, who nourished his younger brother, Hāloa, throughout his life. Kanaka Maoli descend from the younger Hāloa, and thus we revere, respect, and care for our elder sibling and the land that sustains us all.

he ali‘i ka ‘āina, he kauwā ke kanaka

na‘u nō,

na ʻiolani

— please see Hawk + Hāloa’s Vision page for more information about the author.

— all photos taken by the author unless otherwise noted.


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