Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani

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


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Pre-Wedding Reception on Kaua’i

After an intense and intensive time at the Haggai Institute, Alaka’i Namiko touched base with Kumu Lei and the hālau on Kaua’i for another whirlwind of activity and events! On 30 April, she performed with them at a pre-wedding reception on Anini Beach along Kaua’i’s North Shore.

The mele presented at this event were Nani Wai’ale’ale, Hanalei Moon, Hanohano Hanalei, and E Pili Mai. The first three are about lovely and well-known places on the Garden Isle (Mt Wai’ale’ale and Hanalei), and the fourth is a beautiful love song.

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Laniakea Studio & Gallery Open House

The Laniakea Studio & Gallery, an initiative of Laniakea Culture Collective, held an Open House on Saturday, 25 March to celebrate its official opening. The space displays paintings and other artworks by Alaka’i Namiko, who is a well-known artist in the region, and will be her creative headquarters going forward. Laniakea is looking to host various arts- and ministry-related events in this space as well.

The Ka Pa was, of course, a part of the event. Students from both the Saturday and Wednesday classes joined Alaka’i Namiko in dancing a few popular hula, including Hanalei Moon and Ua Mau.

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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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