Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani

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


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“World on a Fiddle” with Kailin Yong & Friends

On Saturday, 25 February, Alaka’i Namiko danced Hanalei Moon at the National Gallery Singapore, backed by a trio of top-class musicians who included world-famous “Fiddler For Peace” Kailin Yong. She had been invited to join them for this piece in the middle of a series of short musical showcases they were presenting at the Gallery’s Padang Atrium, as part of the institution’s Resonates With series (see page 23 at the linked site for more information).

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“Made in the Image of the Master Artist”

We made an official contribution to an arts workshop held at World Revival Prayer Fellowship on 19 February, represented by Alaka’i Namiko. Pastor Kenny Chee had invited Laniakea Culture Collective, which comprises Alaka’i Namiko and her husband Aaron, to minister there.

At the afternoon talk and workshop session, Alaka’i Namiko shared about her experience in arts ministry, led an interactive session based on the lyrics of The Prayer, and presented a hula — Kumu Lei’s beautiful choreography of The Prayer (visit our Facebook and/or Instagram pages to watch video snippets of the performance), using Ho’okena and Maila Gibson’s version of the song.

Aaron spoke about creativity as a uniquely human attribute and a key feature of us being made in God’s image, and challenged the participants to consider the wider implications of discovering this oft-forgotten truth. He also led a writing workshop to help attendees tap creative methods in personal reflection and journaling, using poetry as inspiration.

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Official Opening of Alakai Company

On 21 January, we had the honour of being a part of the official opening of Alakai Company, a brand new poke restaurant in the south of Singapore. Enhancing the special occasion with ‘oli, hula and symbolic lei weaving, we imparted our personal good wishes and invoked God’s blessing upon the owner, his employees, the space and their customers.

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Click here to visit our Facebook page, where snippets of the various hula we presented are available for viewing.

 


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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):

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Ha’upu

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Makaleha

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

HA