ʻAuhea ʻoukou e nā hoa makamaka o Hoʻokuaʻāina! ʻO Hoaka ka pō.
Harken, oh familiar friends of Hoʻokuaʻāina! The night is Hoaka.
This night’s moon is Hoaka, the second moon of this new lunar month, Welo. Let us start with Welo. There is an ʻōlelo noʻeau about this month of Welo, saying – “Kanu ke kalo i Welo, ʻaʻole e ulu nui ʻia e ka ʻohā. Plant taro in Welo, and the offshoots will not be many. The corm of the taro planted in the month of Welo grows very large but the offshoots are few.” We will see how this holds for our ʻohā amd makua here at Kapalai! Welo is our last month of the rainy season, Hoʻoilo. So after this, it’s only going to get hotter gang as we enter Kau, the dry season. Sources from our bibliography tell us this month is a month where “Earth is beautiful and all things grow well.” Our ʻuwala should be going off (growing profusely) and the ʻoʻopu would be getting fat. We know from the ancestors that this is also a good month for akule, aʻu, and moi. We will see how all these things fruit for us in this month of Welo. Now let us turn back to Hoaka. Hoaka is a thin, sliver crescent. This is a good time for planting. Whether we are physically planting or metaphorically plating, that which goes into the ground; that which we put into motion will take root and bloom. So that means this is also a good time to set plans into action, have meetings, discuss beginnings, plan projects, implementations and execute. Isabella Abbott tells us through her book, Lāʻau Hawaiʻi, that this is a good time for ʻuwala and night fishing, especially torch fishing on the reef, ka lawaiʻa lamalama. Being that this is a good month and also good moon for ʻuwala – go get your sweet potato on! It is such a delicious complex carb! Not only ʻuwala is good to be planted now, tuber-type plants, in general, will do well. So overall a profitable time for beginnings is here before us. Let us take advantage of this time of “now” to optimize it. That is why we pay attention to the cycles in the way the ancestors did, to optimize the times to do things. And then to recognize the times to pull back and restore. This is living in utmost harmony, not to mention most efficient. It is then, that ultimately, we can steward our Earth abundance in the best way. Not unknowingly going against the tide, but intentionally going with it. And then we rejoice in the enjoyment of our many blessings that we co-cultivate with ke Akua.