Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani

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

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Garden Conference – “Spontaneous Beauties”

We were a part of the varied and eclectic programme line-up at this event organised by Nanyang Technological University. As a cultural and academic event, it attracted a lot of very interesting participants and discussions, and was quite something to be a part of.

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Christmas at the Cathedral

On December 22 and 23, we partnered with local ukulele group SYNERGY in presenting a series of items at St Andrew’s Cathedral’s Welcome Centre, as part of their Christmas programme. The venue was open to the public and enjoyed a good-sized audience whose members ebbed and flowed throughout both evenings. Our joint performance was very well received, especially when the children in the audience were invited up to participate!

Photos from December 22

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Photos from December 23

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Celebrate Christmas With Us!

Come and celebrate the reason for the season with us! Ka Pa Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani and SYNERGY, a premier local ukulele group, will be co-presenting a festive programme at the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral Welcome Centre at 7pm on 22 and 23 December.

Bring as many children with you as possible! We are inviting all children to dance Jingle Bells with us.

Come and join in the carol sing-a-long and help spread the Christmas cheer! Or just drop by and say “aloha”!

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Update from Alaka’i Namiko in Kaua’i

Mahalo Nui E Ke Kumu

Much gratitude and appreciation to our Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick of Kaua’i who has shared so generously of the wisdom and knowledge that comes from her hula lineage. Mahalo nui for guiding and teaching us the culture and dance that is rooted in aloha.

Two snapshots of recent huaka’i (excursions):





Kumu has taught us a new oli (chant) to add to our repertoire:

Waiwai Ka Wā Mua

(Composed by Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick and edited by Kamealoha Patrick-Soloman Hanohano-Smith, 2014)

Waiwai Ka wā mua
Malu ka lau ki
Mālama (ka) no’eau kūpuna
Kōhi i kai uli
I ka wai ola, kai kala
Kū ke hewa
I ke aloha, ola nō
Ulu ka pōmaika’i
Ho’omana i ke aloha
Mālamalama (ke) Akua
Mau aku nō imua
Imua me ke Akua


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Alaka’i Namiko in Kaua’i

This month, Alaka’i Namiko is away in Kaua’i on her annual study trip where she joins the hālau, has hula intensives, and shadows Kumu Lei (“kumu” means “source” in Hawaiian) at her usual day-to-day lessons. During these trips, Kumu Lei imparts to us, her hula school extension, knowledge and wisdom about Hawaiian culture, the Hawaiian language, and hula protocol, via direct “download” to Alaka’i Namiko.

Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani is closely linked linked to Kaua’i and hula tradition because of our official connection to Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani and Kumu Lei, and through Kumu Lei we have a very good hula lineage.

Our hula sisters on Kaua’i embrace our Ka Pā (hula school); whenever Alaka’i is there, she (and whichever haumana/student accompanies her, as happens occasionally) and our hālau sisters have great fun together experiencing and sharing the joy of hula!