Let’s begin by explaining the word “Heleloa” – according to my Tutu Heleloa (my great grandmother), our family originated on the Big Island of Hawai’i. When the King and other chiefs wanted to send messages to people in the villages, they would send runners. These runners were known as ‘hele loa’ – the Hawaiian translation is roughly “to go a far distance” or “to go on forever.”
The heleloa were information runners. My goal is to perpetuate my family’s lineage by sharing “all things Pacific Islander” with those of us here on the continent, starting with Southern California. It’s my way of helping transplant locals (and locals at heart) feel just a little closer to home.
This project is close to my heart, and it continues to grow into something very special – a place of information, resource and community!
As you may have guessed, Heleloa is my family surname. My first name is Heather, and “I’m just a little Hawaiian and a homesick island girl…” I am a proud and thankful mom to the most beautiful boy, the daughter of an authentic Kodak hula dancer and an old school longboarder, a Titan, and a Trojan. My best days are spent with my family in the sun and water!
If you would like to contact me, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest and support!
What a marvelous, original concept and so well put together ! You have obviously done your homework and will undoubtedly pique the interest of the ” transplanted locals ” here in Southern California. Here’s hoping for your website’s success and may it grow beyond the borders of this region only.
I was looking for a webhost when I found your site. My husband and I met in Hawaii so it is refreshing to find you. I’ll look forward to hearing about events around the southland, especially if Frank DeLima comes to town!
MY OHANA KNOWS ME AS KAIA. I COME FROM THE HELELOA OHANA. MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER IS WILLIAM KOKO HELELOA. MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER WILLIAMS DAUGHTER IS AMY KAIMIHANA HELELOA. MY GRANDFATHER IS THOMAS KAIA ADKINS SR. MY DAD IS THOMAS KAIA ADKINS JR. THE ELDEST OF 10 AND I AM DARYN THOMAS KAIA WONG. I WANTED TO KNOW I COULD CONTACT YOU TO TALK MORE ON OUR OHANA? YOU CAN EMAIL ME YOUR NUMBER AND I CAN CALL YOU OR PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME ANY TIME… MY NUMBER IS (808) 673-5754, IM ON OAHU ISLAND. I HOPE WE CAN CONNECT AND WALAAU TO MAKE OUR KOKO MORE PA’A… MAHALO NUI…..
Aloha Heather I did get your FB message but not the email and I appreciate your kind compliments on my career as a actor, but honestly it just scrapes the surface of what I know will come to fruiation in the big pitcure.
Compliments to YOU!!! Way to go introducing Heleloa for the the locals & the non-locals anyone can & will benefit from the messege whose looking for that Mana’o and great understanding.
I can see what importance your last name brings to this website. Heleloa is a extended responsibilties and duties which even continues to run through all the kekeis growing up in any ohana’s today… SO I GUESS YOUR NAME IS A HOUSE HOLD NAME!!!
I am sure you thought about your name and the responsibilties as a runner, bringing important messages to pass on to the Ilii’s statis knowing what (ha) breath was uttered to the King had to be correct and trust worthy. For words used was almost a command to the common people.
Also i’m sure it allowed the runners to feel the importance of deliverying the message and there statis was not viewed as being common, especially knowing the trust had to be there brought great growth.
As for the interview I would love to do it but only one problem i’m going to be in las vegas for a while months unless i’m working in los angeles which i dont know most times until a few days out. Or we can talk by phone or by email to do this interview.
Let me know?
blessings malama pono
Heather! This is absolutely amazing! I am so excited to see how this grows and succeeds. I miss you so much, and I so glad that we are still in touch. (we should be better!) Congrats on this great site!!
I LOVE DIS WEBSITE!!! I LOVE YOU AND CANT WAIT TO SEE U!!!
OLDEST OF UR NIECES!!!
Brilliant website and information. I have a daughter who is a senior in high school and will graduate June 2012. The links that you have provided for Native Hawaiian Scholarship information has been extremely helpful. Mahalo nui loa.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
I spent some time browsin’ your website. It is magnificent and truly a labor of love. You’ve done a tremendous job.
I look forward to finding more information about my favorite place on earth.
P.S. Your bubba is a very cute Mr. Moose.