Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani

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


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Worship Symposium

The evening of Saturday, 17 June 2017, saw Alaka’i Namiko, Dara and Dian presenting a few hula ho’āno to an international audience at this year’s edition of the biennial Worship Symposium co-organised by Trinity Theological College and the Methodist School of Music. It was, in their words, an “electrifyingly amazing” experience!

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Benefit Lu’au and Ho’olaule’a, and Evening Concert

Saturday, 6 May 2017, was a busy but fun one for Alaka’i Namiko. In the day, she went with Aunty Cyrila and Angela Pycha, two of our hālau sisters on Kaua’i, to Ke Akua Mana Church’s Benefit Lu’au and Ho’olaule’a (loosely translated to mean a party and festive celebration). There, they and the many other event attendees were treated to a performance by the musical trio Keauhou. These brilliant young men — Jonah Kahanuola Solatario, Nicholas Keali‘i Lum and Zachary Lum — really heightened the atmosphere with their old school, ’40s and ’50s-style execution and flawless harmony.

The afternoon was spent blazing through the making of 78 pua melia (plumeria) lei from 1,500 specially imported Moloka’i blooms, in the ku’i style, with ‘Anakē Cyrila and Angela. The leis were then taken along to be given away to other guests in the audience when they attended an evening performance by Keauhou and Aulani Parker at the Kaua’i Beach Resort. The flowers filled the entire lobby with their sweet fragrance, adding layers to the already beautiful ambience.

Aulani, who is halau-trained by Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and who dances professionally for Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, was an elegant and mesmirising presence; her gift of hula contributed a magical dimension to Keauhou’s already exquisite musical offering.

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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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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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