Jessica Orfe

Kane`Δ«lio, Acrylic, 20×30″

Kane’ilio Point, site of the Ku’ilioloa Heiau, is formerly a place of learning & training. Reaching far out, the peninsula suits navigation, fishing, and ocean-related studies. It provides the most comprehensive view, mauka, one can attain without having to paddle out far from shore. Standing at the very edge, looking back, the landscape is nothing less than humbling. Body memories of being at sea, not firmly on land, subtly arise and create a surreal floating sensation. Midday heat and sun hit hard, blinding. Our Wahi Pana guide, kumu Glen Kila, shared that the name, “Kane’ilio,” refers to the creation deity’s dog which would rip the waves for outrigger canoes.