Sons of Hālawa

About This Episode


Hālawa Valley is one of the oldest inhabited locations in Hawaiʻi. At the age of five, Pilipo Solatorio was chosen to be the carrier of Hālawa’s ancient traditions. Now in his seventies, Pilipo is the last of his generation living in the isolated valley. He needs to find a successor to replace him as the carrier of Hālawa's cultural treasures before they are lost forever.

Will Pilipo's son, Greg, come home to take on the responsibility of carrying traditions forward, or will Pilipo’s two hānai (adopted) sons (Josh, a taro farmer, and Jason, a musician from New York) be left with the challenge? The struggles of modern life make it difficult for any one of these sons of Hālawa to carry on a legacy that has been passed down for many generations. Only through true commitment and sacrifice will Hālawa’s story and sacredness be kept alive.