Kanuikapono honors the Koaʻe or Hawaiian white tailed tropicbird as our school mascot. We aspire to become like the manu, Koaʻe that soars above all in the heavens. Koaʻe are highly revered by the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi and in Oceania wayfinding; known for taking flight for long periods upon the vast open ocean. The Koaʻe are known to inhabit the sheer cliffs of our islands of Hawaiʻinuiākea and to frequent the majestic and steep verdant Kalalea Mountain range of Anahola, Kauaʻi in the Moku o Koʻolau. These manu were coveted for their prized tail feathers for the making of Kahili that were a sign of royalty in ancient Hawaiʻi. Listed below are the native Hawaiian proverbs that honor the importance of the Koaʻe in Hawaiian culture.
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau related to the Koaʻe:
He koaʻe, manu o ka pali kahakō.
It is the koaʻe, bird of the sheer cliffs.[An expression of admiration for an outstanding person. The koaʻe build their nests on cliffs.]
He pali lele a koaʻe.
A cliff reached only by tropic birds.[Said of a high chief or of a hill too steep to climb.]
Ua mālie, ke au nei koaʻe.
The weather is clear, the koaʻe are leisurely flying.
Moi (threadfish) are shoreline fish, the moi’s narrow lengthwise stripes change color according to their surroundings. Historically, moi were highly prized and only reserved for the royalty of Hawaii. The shorelines and the river mouth of Anahola are known for the moi liʻi, or little moi travelling in small groups.
Limu is one of the first organisms listed in the creation chant the Kumulipo. It is one of our most elementary organisms not only because of its character of a producer and photosynthetic organism but also because of its placement in our history and culture. In research it has been found that Limu Kohu requires a rough water area where there is a constant ever changing flow of water to live. The school logo is representative of a unique Limu Kohu of Anahola.