ICYMI: Go holoholo around traditional districts of Hawai‘i Island in new podcast series; current episode is last stop in the moku of Hilo

In Episode 4 of the podcast series, Ākeamakamae Kiyuna shares a moʻolelo (story) of two sisters that takes place ma uka (upland) at two prominent puʻu (hills) in Hilo.

By Susan Enright

Map of Hilo and aerial view of moku.

Episode 4 of the 24-episode Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast series is now available. Listeners of the series, which is produced at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, are joining a huaka‘i or journey clockwise around the island, starting in Hilo and moving to Puna, Ka‘ū, Kona, Kohala, and Hāmākua for a total of 24 episodes. Episode 4 is the last stop in the moku of Hilo just above Hilo town.

The podcast name, Ka Leo o ka Uluau, honors a Hawaiian makani or wind of Hilo and the conveyance of voices and thought. Each podcast installment lasts about 30 minutes and features storied places, histories, people, traditions and lessons through mo‘olelo or stories told by community members with connections to those places. Published twice monthly to podcast platforms on the 1st and 15th of each month, episodes are posted on the project’s blog, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. Additional resources such as images, maps, and storyteller bios are also available on the podcast blog.

Ākeamakamae Kiyuna
Ākeamakamae Kiyuna

For Episode 4, hosts Drew Kapp and Lei DeMello welcome guest Ākeamakamae Kiyuna. Kiyuna is a Hawaiian, Okinawan, Korean, Visayan wahine from Kalauao, Oʻahu, who also has roots in Hōnaunau, Hawaiʻi. She received her bachelor of arts in Hawaiian studies and linguistics from UH Hilo and then went on to receive her master of arts in linguistics at UH Mānoa. She teaches Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies at the community college and university level and is currently an instructor at Hawaiʻi Community College.

In Episode 4, Kiyuna shares a moʻolelo (story) of two sisters that takes place ma uka (upland) at two prominent puʻu (hills) in Hilo.

Listeners can follow along using the StoryMap provided on the website. It is designed to help guide the huakaʻi (journey).

Listen to earlier Ka Leo o ka Uluau installments: Episode 1: Hoʻolauna (Introduction), Episode 2: Mānaiakalani Kalua, and Episode 3: Lokelani Brandt

Learn more about Bruce Torres Fischer, an alumnus of both Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo, now a graduate student in the Hawaiian language and literature program at UH Hilo, who is leading the production of the podcast series.


Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.