Defend Tradition with Keone Nunes

Sunday, June 28th, 2015. We made our way west towards Wai’anae, Oahu to visit our good friend Keone Nunes. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Keone is leading the forefront and total revival of the ancient tradition of Hawaiian Kakau (tattoo).


“How many things can you participate in today that you can honestly say is the same  as two thousand years ago? Once the individual lies down on the mat, what they’re  feeling is exactly the same as what their ancestors felt.” 

SONY DSCThat sound of the tattoo is the sound of our ancestors. That sound of the tattoos is the whispers of our ancestors that come through the wind, that you don’t really understand until you actually see it.”

SONY DSC“I am listening to the tools, they’re letting me know how to use them properly. I never think that I am talented, it’s the tools that are talented. They teach me, they constantly teach me.”

SONY DSC“Sooner or later I won’t be here but this practice will always live on”


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