Historically, deceased family members were buried at home, then later in graves on church/temple grounds. Access was only to church members or from the same religion. The word grave- comes from the German word, to dig, and the word -yard refers to churchyard. Honohina Cemetery is an example of a true graveyard. Most everyone buried there had their Buddhist name inscribed on their headstone, meaning that they were either members of the temple or Buddhists. As public demands for burial plots grew, so did the need for more burial plots open to the public and not connected to any religion or church/temple. This is why Alae and Homelani, open to all burials, are called cemeteries and not graveyards.
For the Hakalau Kuleana, our responsibility is to care for the land, the people, and the culture. We are guided by cultural values of YESTERDAY: Engage in collective effort. Look out for each other. Honor hard work. Show respect for those who came before us. Aloha and Mālama `Aina. In 2021, Akiko Masuda added two more values to the list: Consistently show up. Whatever has to be done, jump in and do it!