Kapu book

Written by Keoni Alvarez

BOOKS written by Keoni Kealoha Alvarez 

KAPU "Hawaiian Burial Methods"

Written and Illustrated by Keoni Kealoha Alvarez 

(Soft Cover) 48 pages

 

This book shares some of the Hawaiian traditional burial practices of  iwi kupuna or Hawai’i’s past ancestors. A corpse was a very Kapu (tabu) thing in Hawai’i nei. Hawaiian burials are known in Hawai’i as Kapu (sacred) forbidden to be touched, displayed and spoken of publicly. Burials were only to be reserved by kahuna (priests), kahu (guardians), deceased families and cultural practitioners to protect the burials.

 

Several burial methods were practiced by the ancestors if ground could be dug, a pit was made to place the body inside for burial. If the ground consisted of dense rock, the burial was made above ground, with stones stacked over the body. Lava tubes, caves, volcanic pits or even sand dunes near the ocean were also utilized for burials. The ancient people of Hawai‘i believed when a person died, their spirit remained near or within their iwi (bones). Most prehistoric Hawaiian burials were unmarked to keep its location secret from being disturbed or desecrated. 

KAPU "The Hole Truth"

Written by Keoni Kealoha Alvarez 

(Hard Cover) 232 pages 

 

Hawaii is very special to me. Kapu “Sacred Hawaiian Burials” is about a indigenous Hawaiian man who discovers his path through the discovery of a hidden ancient Hawaiian burial cave.

For over a hundred years my people have fought a battle for ownership of the rights of native Hawaiian burials in order to keep bones safe from harm. In the late 20th century, the district became the target of developers who sought affordable property on the island. Faced with a powerful, wealthy outsider who threatened to plow through the cave near my home, I found myself in the position of David against my own version of the unconquerable Goliath. I will take viewers on a journey where I learn my identity, heritage, and ultimately my legacy of protecting my family burial cave.

 

Burial desecration is happening throughout our islands and until I can be convinced that the lands and the history they contain are safe, I will not relinquish my responsibility as keeper of the cave. I will continue to guard something that, for my people, is more valuable and much more precious than gold: the resting place of the iwi of my ancestors.

KAPU "Sacred Hawaiian Burials"  

Written by Keoni Kealoha Alvarez 

Photography by Aileen Alvarez 

(Hard Cover) 180 pages

 

This book helps create a better understanding of Hawaiian burial traditions and acknowledges a closer connection with our ancestors. Burials are very sacred and taken seriously by the Hawaiian. This book beautiful photographs of Hawaiian burial practices.  

Several burial methods were practiced by the ancestors if ground could be dug, a pit was made to place the body inside for burial. If the ground consisted of dense rock, the burial was made above ground, with stones stacked over the body. Lava tubes, caves, volcanic pits or even sand dunes near the ocean were also utilized for burials. The ancient people of Hawai‘i believed when a person died, their spirit remained near or witin their iwi (bones). Most prehistoric Hawaiian burials were unmarked to keep its location secret from being disturbed or desecrated. 

The Boy and his Hawaiian Cave

Written and Illustrated by Keoni Kealoha Alvarez

(Soft Cover) 41 pages 

This children's book is about a Hawaiian boy named Keoni 

who is on a journey gathering special gifts of aloha for his ancestors' burial cave. The colorful illustrations and fun journey helps children learn about Hawaiian culture.