Our 1st Annual Ewa Puʻuloa Keiki ʻOhana Historical 5K Run/Walk & Hoʻolauleʻa honors and celebrates our kūpuna, Aunty Mary ʻMalia’ Kaipo Serrao (Lf) and Aunty Arline Wainaha Puʻulei Brede-Eaton (Rt). Both played pivotal roles in their Ewa community as they watched their surroundings experience extreme changes. They endured community transformation but more so, they sustained a strong sense of place and culture.
To celebrate their unconditional endeavors, our participants will run or walk a 3-mile course while learning about a significant area of Ewa originally known as Puʻuloa and Honouliuli. They will start at Puʻuloa Beach where both of our kūpuna lay resting today. The name Ewa Beach Park is known to most, however, due to Aunty Arline’s, Aunty Mary’s and other community member’s passionate desire to bring back original place names, the park has been reclaimed its authentic name, Puʻuloa Beach Park. It is also home to Ewa Puʻuloa Outrigger Canoe Club, which Aunty Mary established in 1998. The strength, dedication, commitment, and aloha Aunty Mary and Aunty Arline demonstrated continue to influence and provide the foundation of our canoe club. Formally known as Pu’uloa Outrigger Canoe Club, we have been “Perpetuating the Culture of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Paddling Since 1998”, by providing a safe, competitive program that emphasizes discipline and sportsmanship, and promotes character development and life skills. Our mission includes preserving and protecting Hawaii’s natural resources, and to provide opportunities for child and parent to engage in cultural activities that strengthen their relationship. It is through their eyes, we captivate Ewa’s historical landscape of culture, community, keiki, and ʻohana.
As our participants proceed down Fort Weaver road, illustrated on their course map, they will envision the abundance of varieties of limu (seaweed) and ʻia (fish) along the coast from Keahi, Kupaka, Puʻuloa, and Oneʻula (Iroquois Point to Haubush). In sharing the original place names, our participants will have the opportunity to visualize Puʻuloa through the eyes of our kūpuna. As they approach Papipi, at the corner of Seven Eleven and Chevron, the course takes the left heading towards Kapolei Parkway. Crossing into new development area known today as Ocean Pointe and Hoakalei subdivisions, the new residents, and kamaʻaina will traverse through acres of sugar cane. Visualize, if you will, the asphalt and sidewalks, being peeled back only to find the sustenance that fed the Hawaiian community who resided and mālama (care for) this area. A significant annotation indicated here on this historical journey is that aunty Arline helped name many of the streets. Each name reflects and is specific to the ʻāina, and its surrounding during aunty’s keiki years.
The course takes a right turn on Kapolei Parkway, another right on Kekaiholo St., a hana hou (repeat) right on Kaileonui St., and on the final left turn on Kaileoleʻa St., our participantʻs final half mile stretch crosses Keoneʻula Blvd. to the finish line where our Hoʻolauleʻa begins.
This heartfelt celebration of our kūpuna will embrace culture, community, keiki, and ʻohana. Here, we celebrate a place to gather, and remember, with music, food, crafts, and activities for the keiki!