In Hawaii, the Mua is the first formal educational institution that a young Hawaiian male is enrolled in. This sacred ritual is known as Ka I Mua, "Thrust into the company of men". This ritual was conducted when the community's elders deemed that the young male was mature enough to begin his education in acceptable & expected social, private and spiritual conduct.
It is within this conclave that the youth finds, or has found his life's vocation within society. Thus he is guided by his elders through a rigid mentoring system regarding the standards of performance that is expected of him. He will be held accountable for his actions as well as his inactions.
Within the Mua there are Higher Schools of education referred to as Halau. They are arranged in separate communities of colleges we refer to as Ka Pa Walu, the eight enclosures. They are:
The Mua was, is, and possesses the ability to continue to be!
Kyle is a classic example of a Hawaiian Renaissance man. He was born and raised in Metropolitan Honolulu by Roman parents in a parochial school system from kindergarten to the twelth grade. During school breaks he was sent with his sister and cousin to spend time in the taro fields of his fraternal grandparents in the village of Wailua, Maui where he was literally immersed in Papa Hanau Moku, the Earth Mother. Thus began his journey of walking in two worlds.
In 1977 he joined the United States Air Force as a Fire Protection Specialist and has been dedicated to this discipline ever since. He is currently a Captain with the State of Hawaii's Department of Transportation, Airports Division at Kahului Airport. While enjoying an illustrious career, Kyle made the time to continue his education in the ways of his Hawaiian ancestors. With the help of his friends and family he taught himself the language, prayers, songs, crafts, sciences, esoteric stories, rites and rituals. These accomplishments have earned him Status as well as various traditional titles such as Ka'akaua, Kanaka Kali Kukui, Puhi, and Makaukau Alii
He utilizes the authority gained from his status as a Fire Captain and noted Hawaiian Practitioner to serve his community in which he lives. He sits on numerous school, community, civil, political, and cultural boards that strive to bring a greater sense of consciousness to addressing that which lends itself to the best interest of all concerned. And that consciousness is brought about through knowledge, "Hana ka 'ike" is the 'olelo no'eau, the wise saying, from the ancients, "learn to know by doing."
Eia no o Nakanelua. Here is man doubled indeed!