Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani

Singapore Extension of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani on Kaua'i

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Makana preparation for Kupuna ‘Aha in Lanai

Here’s another educational update from Alaka’i Namiko on Kauai:

“On Wednesday, 23 May, I was invited by Kumu Lei to a gathering (‘aha) of kupuna (elders). They were making pua hulu (flowers made out of feathers) and kāhili (see also here, and here) to take with them to Lanai as makana (gifts) to the kupuna on Lanai, who would be hosting the meeting. Big kāhili are made with sticks and mesh, with hulu (feathers) attached to the mesh.

It has been a practice for some time for kupuna from all over Hawai’i to have ‘aha (meetings) on different islands. About 60 to 80 kupuna will meet each time, and the gatherings are hosted by the locals. Discussions and visits to cultural sites of historical significance are the usual itinerary highlights; all these kupuna are practitioners and teachers of Hawaiian culture.

I was honoured to be able to paint some of the kupuna. The first one was Aunty Hana.”

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June-July 2018 term: Confirmed Dates

We are pleased to announce that the dates for the upcoming June-July 2018 term have been finalised.

Wednesday classes: 27 June, and 4, 11, 18 & 25 July (5 classes)

Saturday classes: 30 June, and 7, 14, 21 & 28 July (5 classes)

Regular haumana, please note that this means 5 x $20 = $100 for the term, under the Hula Unlimited scheme.

See you all again soon! New students and visitors are most welcome: Please click here to find out more about our classes and fees.

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Kōkua for Kaua’i Flood Relief

Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani, as the Singapore branch of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani on Kaua’i, took up a collection to donate to the ongoing Kaua’i Flood Relief efforts. We know of friends and hula sisters who have lost their homes and belongings due to the torrential rains that resulted in flooding, landslides, and loss of property.

ʻAnakē Julie is the organiser of May Day by the Bay, which had to be cancelled because Hanalei Bay has been destroyed. Here is a short video of our presentation to ʻAnakē Julie through our Kumu Hula, Kumu Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick. Mahalo to all who helped out and have been praying for the flood victims.

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Live Updates/Running Commentary from Alaka’i Namiko on Kaua’i

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We’ll also do our best to keep an updated list of all the videos/live updates here:

June 10  |  Presenting The Prayer with Singaporean hula sisters at Uncle Melvin’s birthday celebration

June 1  |  Post-poi-making at the Waipā Foundation

May 23  |  Meeting with kupuna at the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center; see also this post

May 19  | Stamping cloth for kihei with hālau sisters

May 18  | Presenting our Kaua’i Flood Relief contribution to ʻAnakē Julie, organiser of May Day by the Bay

May 14  |  Video recap of flood relief/fund-raising efforts on Kaua’i

May 13  |  Spontaneous rendition of Hanalei Moon with Uncle Ronnie

May 13  | Spontaneous rendition of Beautiful Kaua’i with Uncle Ronnie

May 11  |  On the way to the Waipā Foundation to make poi as part of flood relief on Kaua’i

May 10  | On-the-ground update from Hanalei on the recent flooding

May 9  |  Greetings from Kaua’i, Hawai’i