A Hura Kohatu is a hui that is usually held one year after a person has died to unveil their stone. It is also called an unveiling.
The unveiling of the stone itself is a modern adaptation but the principles of the hura kohatu stem from traditional times.
The fundemental principles of the Hura Kohatu is to ensure that the person has not been forgotten and to help the Whanau Pani through the grief process.
Like the Tangihanga, a Hura Kohatu is a chance to re-affirm whanau (family) ties, to meet again with long lost relations, to meet relations that you may never have seen and a chance for the children of that whanau to meet their aunts and uncles again.
It is also a chance for people who may have missed the tangihanga to come and pay their last respects.