The Kilauea Pu’u Loa vase .
The Kilauea Pu’u Loa vase was inspired by the sacred Hawaiian site: P’u’u Loa.
Pu’u Loa means “hill of long life”. Families with genealogical ties to these land come here to place the piko (umbilical cord) of their child. Their hope is that the mana (spiritual guiding energy) of Pu’u Loa would bless that child with a long prosperous life, and root them to their ancestral lands. Each puka ( hole) is created to house a single child’s piko. Of over 23,000 petroglyphs found at Pu’uloa, 16,000 are piko-related carvings – a testament to the importance of both Pu’u Loa and “Ohana” (family).