The ‘Ulu Disaster Response Cultural Training Series presents opportunities to connect with Hawaiian values and perspectives on Mauli Ola, optimal health, values that are shared across all cultures that today have been replaced with self-reliance. Through a cultural lens, this series supports participants in recognizing that nature is not a disaster but part of a necessary remedy to signs and symptoms of substance misuse and mental distress that may be exacerbated by the disasters we face in our lives.
Kakuhihewa is an aliʻi of Oʻahu famously named in the mele “Kaulana Nā Pua.” Kakuhihewa was a kind and friendly chief who was born in Kūkaniloko and raised in the ʻEwa moku. His primary endeavor was farming, and it is said that his abundant harvests on Oʻahu could be smelled from Kauaʻi.
Today, there is a state office building named after him in Kapolei.