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Kaua’i Ni’ihau Prayer Luncheon March 11, 2023

The moment we had all been waiting for. The annual Kaua’i Prayer Luncheon resumed this year after a three year break due to the pandemic. Over a thousand people gathered at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion to pray for the island of Kaua’i, offering thanksgiving, praise, and worship to the Lord. We offered up prayers on behalf of our Kaua’i community, government, businesses, churches, ‘ohana and keiki.

This year’s guest speaker was Pastor Jack Hibbs who is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills. He shared with passion and resounding faith on the topic of “Why We Should Be Excited”. Hula dancers from churches all across the island of Kaua’i and from Hālau Hula Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani danced with strength and conviction to the mele “How Great Thou Art” and “The Roar”. Mahalo Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick for your direction, together with Aunty Malie Dela Cruz, and leading us all to offer praise and worship to our Heavenly Father.

Big mahalo to Aunty Dely Sasaki from Kaua’i Island Ministries and all the churches for all the support and aloha. Mahalo nui loa to Lori Leimakamae Dill of Halewai Photography for capturing these precious moments.

Above all, mahalo Ke Akua ! May we all continue to come before you with our prayers, petitions, and requests before your heavenly throne.

E Kanikapila Kākou Hula Night February 20, 2023

EKK Hula Night was one big hula party ! 5 Kumu Hula were invited to dance and teach the audience and after that everyone enjoyed the Hō’ike. Then the Kanikapila segment of the festive night started up which is when everyone and anyone gets up to dance if they know the hula to the mele the musicians are playing.

The nā Kumu Hula leading the festivities were Pua Kaholokula, Troy Lazarro, La’amea Almeida, Maka Herrod and our Kumu, Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick. Together they took over the Kaua’i Beach Resort which was packed with 600 people attending EKK Hula Night.

It was indeed one big hula party. Hana Hou !

Ni’ihau Concert January 7, 2023

The Aloha Everything Himeni Praise And Worship Concert with Kawaiehu Kanahele and Poni Kahale, held at the Kaua’i Convention Center, was such a wonderful time to get together with our brothers and sisters from Ni’ihau.

This free live concert also featured Kahu Wesley Kanahele Praise and Worship Team, Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinā’ala as well as Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani along with many others. It was a family affair.

It was such an honor to be invited to join the people of Ni’ihau for this special concert.

Draw us close to you Lord. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Psalm 104:33.

Christmas Eve Show December 24, 2022

What a joy and blessing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together with all the ‘ohana. Our Christmas Eve Show at the Kaua’i Convention Center was made all the more special with talented musicians Loke Sasil, Buter Defries, Garret Santos and Mike Lingaton. It was truly a blessed time of worship and joyful adoration.
The hula dancers were resplendent in their holly-red mu’umu’u adorned with pure white shell lei. They danced beautifully to the mele O Holy Night and picked up the pace with Kīpū Kai and Christmas Luau.

What was especially beautiful was when they presented Declare His Praises.

As the words of the mele go, declare his praises in the islands for you have been a sweet oasis. We place you in the highest place for you are the great high priest and we come to you to worship at your feet.

Lei Making Workshop led by Christine Spath November 13, 2022

The hibiscus lei is a symbol of generosity, friendship, and hospitality. This lei embodies the spirit of aloha.

Our very own hula sister, Christine Spath, led us in this special lei making workshop where we enjoyed each others company, sharing aloha, and living aloha.

Intensive Hula with Alaka’i from San Diego and Singapore August 29, 2022

A cord of three strands is not easily broken.

Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick has her main Hālau on the beautiful island of Kaua’i as well as two extensions overseas. One is in San Diego led by Alaka’i Kahanoa Floresca. The other is in Singapore led by Alaka’i Kapuananiokekukui Namiko Chan.

Together we pray that we will continue to promote, perpetuate and preserve hula and its traditions with integrity. We are so blessed to be under the direction of Kumu Lei and this intensive, the first ever with the three of us all together under one roof, was an amazing opportunity to delve deeper into the richness of Hawaiian culture and history.

Mahalo Ke Akua !

Blessing and Opening for Bella Dia Spa June 17, 2022

The mission of Bella Dia Spa in Līhu’e is to create a space where guests can see, feel and experience their beauty with a holistic approach that nourishes the whole YOU: body, mind, and spirit. That is so much like what hula is. Hālau Hula is a space where we hula sisters can feel our whole self nourished; body, mind, and spirit. There was such synergy and aloha shared at this blessing.

Kumu Leihi’ilani does blessings for land, homes and businesses. Kumu Lei also officiates weddings and vow renewals. It is a blessing to be able to bless others in this way.

Beginner Class – June 25, 2022

The first performance by this beginner class was such a delight. We joined Aunty Bev Kauanui and Uncle Mike Koerteʻs hula show at the Princeville Shopping Center. These girls drew such a crowd that it was standing room only with the audience all packed in enjoying the show These young ladies truly delighted the audience, their families and friends with their hula and bright smiles. With the Covid Lockdown, we were not able to share our hula for a couple years. So this was a wonderful invite to be a part of.

Beautifully Flawed Foundation charity brew night fundraiser – 1 August 2022

There are 3 hours difference in time between Hawaii and California. On the same Day, at the same Time, our Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hiʻilani Kaua’i performed for the Cobian Grand Opening, Our Hālau in San Diego performed at the Hess Brewing CO. Fundriaser for the Beautifully Flawed event.
So Fun to share our hula, our stories. Mahalo Ke Akua for giving us the opportunity to help and participate in community events and good causes.

Make-A-Wish Hawaii at Kukui Grove Center -6 August 2022

A wish can unite an entire community and change lives.

Hālau Hula Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani led by Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick had the opportunity and privilege to share aloha and hula with Make-A-Wish Hawaii on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.

Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s mission is to grant life changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. They bring hope to children and their families who are facing these challenges.

Mahalo to all who have supported their efforts in bringing hope and impacting the lives of these children, their families and communities. Mahalo Ke Akua.

Photo Credit: Kalasara Setaysha

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