This week’s Humans of UH Hilo features Keʻala Alayon, a Hawaiian Studies major. Her interview appears in both Hawaiian and English. E ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! Long live the Hawaiian language!
Mēkia (Major): Haʻawina Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Studies)
No ke aha ʻoe i koho ai i ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo?
Ua koho au e komo i ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, no ka mea, ua lohe au ʻoi aku ka maikaʻi o ka papahana Haʻawina Hawaiʻi ma kēia kulanui ma mua o nā papahana ʻē aʻe. Hele maila ʻo Kumu Kalena lāua ʻo kekahi kanaka i kaʻu papa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ma koʻu wā kula kiʻekiʻe i mea e haʻi ai iā mākou e pili ana i ka papahana Haʻawina Hawaiʻi ma UHH. Ma hope pono o ia manawa, makemake au e komo i kēia kulanui nei.
Why did you choose UH Hilo?
I chose UH Hilo because I heard that the Hawaiian Studies program was better than Hawaiian Studies programs elsewhere. Kumu Kalena and another person from my Hawaiian language class visited my high school to tell us more about the Hawaiian Studies program at UH Hilo . At that moment, I decided to come to this university.
ʻO wai kou kumu hoʻohālike a no ke aha?
ʻO kuʻu māmā koʻu kumu hoʻohālike, no ka mea, i loko no o kona ʻoʻoleʻa ʻana, he wahine akamai, aloha, a lokomaikaʻi ʻo ia.
Who is your role model and why?
I look up to my mom because despite her strict nature, she is a smart, loving, and generous woman.
Inā ua hiki ke paʻi wikiō i kekahi wā kikoʻī o koʻu ola, he aha ia wā a no ke aha?
Inā ua hiki ke paʻi wikiō i kekahi wā kikoʻī o koʻu ola, inā nō ua paʻi wikiō i ke kau hoe waʻa o koʻu wā pāpā ʻumikūmākahi. Ua hui au i ke kime hoe waʻa o koʻu kula kiʻekiʻe. Ua kokoke mākou i ka hoʻokūkū heihei waʻa ʻo states, ʻaʻole naʻe i loaʻa mai ke kūlana kūpono i mea e hoʻomau ai. Eia nō naʻe, ʻoi aku ka hoihoi o ia kau ma mua o nā kau ʻē aʻe.
If you could have a video of any one time in your life, what event would you choose?
If i could video on specific time in my life, I would video (canoe) paddling season in my 11th grade. I was able to make the paddling team of my high school. We were very close to the state championship, but we didn’t place high enough to continue on. This season was the most interesting over any other time I can remember.
He aha kāu nīnau mua ma hope pono o nā makahiki 100 o kou hoʻopaʻa hau ʻia ʻana?
Inā au i hoʻopaʻa ʻia i 100 makahiki, inā nō ua ʻōlelo au ma hope pono, “Pōloli maoli au. He meaʻai anei kāu?”
What would be your first question upon waking up after 100 years?
If I was sleeping for 100 years, and if I said something right after waking up, itʻd be, “Iʻm really hungry. Do you have food?”
ʻO wai kou hoa hoihoi loa a no ke aha?
I koʻu manaʻo, he hoa hoihoi koʻu mau hoa a pau. Eia naʻe, ʻo koʻu hoa hoihoi loa ʻo Marcello. I loko no o koʻu walaʻau ʻana me ia i kēlā lā kēia lā, aʻo mai au i nā mea hou e pili ana iā ia i nā manawa a pau. Inā makemake au e hele i kahakai, ka hale kūʻai, a i ʻole kekahi hale ʻaina, hele pū ʻo ia me aʻu. Ua lilo ʻo ia he hoa i ʻewalu makahiki aku nei a ʻo ia kaʻu hoaaloha punahele.
Who is your most interesting friend and why?
I think all of my friends are interesting, but my most interesting friend is Marcello. In talking with him everyday, I learn something new about him all the time. If I want to go to the beach, the store, or a restaurant, he comes with me. Heʻs been my friend for 8 years and heʻs my best friend.
Interview by ʻOpihi UH Hilo Student Success, translation by Ākeamakamae Kiyuna (UHH, 2012)