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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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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