Mary Kawena Pukui to be honored this weekend


Many people may have come across some of her work, but may not know who she is.

Mary Kawena Pukui, also known as Tūtū Pukui, was a Native Hawaiian historian who spent her life documenting and preserving Hawaiian knowledge so the future generations have the opportunity to learn old Hawaiian knowledge and stories.

With her published work spanning over 50 years, Tūtū Pukui is known as a historian, educator, composer, poet and much more.

Some of her work that we know of today include the Hawaiian Dictionary and ʻŌlelo Noʻeau.

She attended and graduated from the Hawaiian Mission School in Honolulu.

To honor her work, her life and her Aloha, there is a tribute event, Ke Ao Nani, this Sunday, March 31, at the Hawaiian Mission Academy Gymnasium.

Entertainment at this event will be provided by award-winning artists including Ku’uipo Kumukahi, Karen Keawehawai’i, Haunani Apoliona and Jerry Santos.

Doors open at 4:30pm, with event from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

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