I am so honored to be able to share Hawaiian arts and culture in Singapore, as passed down to me by Kumu Hula Leihiilani Kirkpatrick . Many years ago she accepted me as her student and I have been learning so much about the practice of Hawaiian hula which is not just a dance form but encompasses so many things such as living aloha (having love and compassion in your heart), honoring our elders, caring for the environment and so much more. Mahalo e ke kumu for your aloha, mālama and patience.
Mahalo to Lacy Deniz for reaching out to us, the Singapore extension of Hālau Ke Lei Kukui Hiʻilani. I want to bring honor to our Kumu and our Hālau by authentically perpetuating Hawaiian culture and hula here in Asia and I am grateful for the time we spent together during the interview.
Here is the story that just aired on Hawai’i News Now Sunrise.