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Story of Aunty Lily and Aunty JoJo Kamoku


The year was 1965

How we spent our weekends together as an ohana should be with her mother and family at Kahaluu Beach Park. Josephine Nahale Kamoku had such a large family, we all spent our weekend camping at Kahuluu. During this time Kahaluu beach was very sandy.

Kahaluu Beach 1996

On the south end there used to be a pavillion which the ohana would use. This picture was taken around 1996 after a very bad storm came in and took most of the sand away and the pavillion. All out to sea.

During the day we (Josephine, her children and my children, friends and I) would lay net for fishing. She would take one end and I would take the other and cross our net. All the Ohana would swim towards the net to "herd" the fish into the net.

At night after dinner, Josephine, Charley and Uncle would start with Hawaiian music. Jo Jo had a beautiful voice. Once the music would start, guests from the Keauhou Beach Hotel would start drifting over and ask to join us. music


When it was time for bed, Jo Jo's mother would spread the mats out for moopuna to sleep. I would make up my mat for my children. Everyone would sleep all night under the stars. You wouldn't need blankets because it was warm and the sand was warm from the heat of the day. What wonderful memories I have of that time.

Kalua PigWhen it was time to get up in the morning. More Ohana and friends would start to arrive for another day at the beach. When it was party time, we would even have Kalua pig (roasted pork) and more beautiful music.

Some of the hotel guest just stayed on with us during some of our parties on the beach. On one occassion I remember we met a few Canadians who then opened their homes to us if we ever visited. I recall some of them even wanted to be buried in Kahaluu when they passed.


Unfortunately high seas had damaged the little pavillion and the beach started to get to crowded and the DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resouces) started making new rules and regulations in Kahaluu. One of the rules was that we could no longer lay nets.

The DLNR wanted to have the beautiful fish for the tourist to see. While we understood this, Josephine had wanted to continue laying net to teach our children the Hawaiian culture. This is how we Hawaiians lived.

We lost the music and the happy times at Kahaluu when this occured. Too much has been given over for the tourist and not enough left for the Hawaiians.

...but I still have my memories of those times and every once in awhile when we have our Hawaiian cultural meetings at Kahaluu I look over at the beach and I can hear the singing in my heart.

OhanaThis picture was taken around 1996 after the storm. I'm here with my brother Ben, Joe Nahale, Durant, Tita Jo Jo.







Mama Lily and Lily Jr.

Interview for "Aha'i Olelo Ola
(Hawaiian Language TV) Dec. 2010

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