Blessing Koholā Ola
The Whale that Gives Life
On Sunday, June 2, people of all walks of life, faiths and cultures gathered at Mouna Arts and Cultural Village to offer powerful intentions of world peace and bless the Koholā Ola Peace Project. This Wai’anae coast community development project is creating the world’s largest copper whale sculpture through the inspiration and guidance of copper artist Sooriyakumar.
The ceremony was held to infuse this life-size, mother and child humpback whale with the energy and manifestation for world peace through the hands and hearts of the Wai’ane coast community and the global representatives that share this vision. The final sculpture will be installed on the new Dr. Agnes Kalaniho’okaha Cope Community Center in Nanakuli.
As the ceremony started, the group fell silent at the call of the pu (conch shell) and Hawaiian chant. The formal blessings were provided by leaders of Hawaiian and global interfaith communities. After the closing pu, everyone was welcomed to imbue what will become the baby whale with their personal aloha through tapping the copper. The hearts of all who were present could feel the strength of the blessings, chants and prayers intermixed with the personal tapping of each man, woman and child.
We each have a responsibility through actions and thoughts to bring harmony and peace into our world. This can be accomplished by each of us adopting a peaceful spirit. Everyone can join the whale project in some way, either by sharing the project with family and friends, or by contributing time and energy. Together, we can make a big change for peace for our sacred Mother Earth.
To learn more, call 808-476-0057 or visit KoholaolaPeaceProject.org. Donations can be made by clicking the “donate” link (automatic tax-deductible receipt provided). Mouna Arts and Cultural Village, a 501(c3) organization, P.O. Box 342, Wai’anae.
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