Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani

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

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Lei Day 2017 on Kaua’i

Kaua’i’s annual Lei Day fell on 1 May this year, and Alaka’i Namiko was able to attend it with Kumu Lei — who was one of the judges of the lei-making competition — and our hula sisters from Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani. These are some of the beautiful leis that were on display at the Kaua’i Marriot in Lihu’e, captured on camera by Alaka’i Namiko.

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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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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!