Ho'okupu is a Hawaiian tradition and is in practice today just as much as it had been in days gone by. In a nutshell, they are offerings given freely as an expression of gratitude, respect, and aloha. These offerings can be manifested in many ways. Food wrapped in a ti-leaf bundle is very common. It isn't that the expectation is that one would eat what is in the offering-it is often a symbolic gesture-one will find these offerings in many locations. I often see them in the park that I take walks in-up at a sacred rock called the Phallic Rock. It is an ancient Hawaiian fertility rock. These kinds of offerings are very personal and one could not begin to second guess why that particular offering was made.
The Hawaiian culture is a very sharing and generous culture. Even though I am not of Hawaiian ancestry, this is my culture. For example-you never show up at someone's house empty handed-you bring along some food or gift to share or leave with your host.
The word, "ho'okupu" means, to generate growth-fostering a reciprocal relationship.
Pretty nice, huh?
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