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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

Cobian Grand Opening at Koloa Village – 30 July 2022

Hula educates, enlightens and entertains. The hula dancers of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani under the direction of Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick did just that at the Grand Opening of the new Cobian store at Koloa Village.

Cobian is the premiere family-friendly sandal and footwear brand for an active outdoor lifestyle. They partner with ambassadors and partner organizations, and aim to use their business as a platform to radiate love.

One of their ambassadors is no other than surfing champion Bethany Hamilton. She is a soul surfer, super mom and an inspiring motivational speaker. All who attended were thrilled that Bethany Hamilton graced this event with her presence radiating love and aloha.

Easter Service at Calvary Chapel Lihue – 17 Apr 2022

Easter is a time of reflection and contemplation on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for every one of us so that we may have life.

Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we can all enjoy the resurrected life with Him forever more !

Under the direction of Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick, hula dancers became proclaimers of this good news as they presented the hula Ho’omana. This mele, by David Kawika Kahiapo, speaks of the gift freely given to us by God’s only son. That he was wounded so that we can be healed. And by His blood we are all washed clean. Hallelujah !

2021 Hawaiian Hula Workshops by Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick – 11 to 14 Nov 2021

The much anticipated Hawaiian Hula Workshop by Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick, sponsored by Hawaiian Hula International and Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani (Mainland USA Extension), took place at Dance North County Encinitas CA.

Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick made the trip from the beautiful island of Kaua’i to Southern California after an almost 3-year hiatus. It was a time to re-ignite, revive and celebrate the love for hula and the Hawaiian culture. Workshop participants and Kumu Lei’s entourage from Kaua’i were all delighted to learn from Kumu Lei and enjoy her presence and company.

The workshop opened with the deeply moving Oli, Ke Aloha o ka Haku or The Queen’s Prayer which expresses Queen Lili’uokalani’s anguish and yet also her forgiveness as she asks for mercy for the wrongs of mankind. This was chanted in honor of Queen Lili’uokalani who was the last reigning monarch of Hawai’i. The schedule proceeded with beautiful hula that Kumu Lei shared from her lineage such as Ke Akua Mana E, Makalapua, Kamaile, Pua Hone and Hinale.

Workshop participants were so proud of their ‘uli’uli heke ole that they made during the Hula Kahiko arts and crafts segment. This implement is an ancient style gourd rattle without a top and with a lauhala handle. It was hard work and everyone was giving their total concentration but it all paid off as everyone made their own personal and beautiful hula implement that they used during the Hula Kahiko workshop.

The culmination of all the effort and hard work was the 7th Hālau Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration, Na Makahiki o Aloha, when everyone performed the hula that they had learnt for one another. What a wonderful ‘ohana event. It was truly a grand homecoming for Kumu Lei.

Wedding Dinner Rehearsal at Kōloa Landing Pōipu – 1 Oct 2021

The sprawling grounds of Kōloa Landing Hotel served as a beautiful backdrop to the wedding rehearsal dinner of the Andrews family from California. As Kaua’i opens up in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, life goes on and we celebrate this life as we witness two becoming one in marriage. The wedding party was blessed that evening with the sweet Kaua’i breeze, so ‘olu’olu and calm.

Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick opened the evening with a hula kahiko honoring Ke Akua, O Jehovah, which is a blessing for all the guests. Another hula kahiko was presented this time honoring Queen Lili’uokalani. Kaua’i favorites such as Nani Wai’ale’ale and Hanohano Hanalei with ‘uli’uli soon followed in the Hula ‘Auana segment of the night’s entertainment. The beautiful music, performed by Rydge Nuesca, Ricah Nuesca and Mikey, seemed to hang in the air as the dancers of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani transported us through these mele and hula.

The wedding party had a chance to boogie on down as Kumu Lei taught them how to dance a hula that is a Hawaiian party favorite, the Hukilau ! The evening ended with Tahitian drums and a fire dance which was a resounding end to the night’s merriment and festivities.

photo credit: Lori Leimakamae Dill of Halewai Photography

Huakaʻi to Alakoko Fishpond – 25 May 2021

Kumu Hula Leihiʻilani Kirkpatrick and the haumāna of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hiʻilani went on a huakaʻi to Alakoko Fishpond, a cultural site along the Hulēʻia River.

The hālau had the opportunity to learn about the area and the efforts to protect this ecosystem. We gained awareness of the presence of invasive species, such as the red mangrove, and the severity of the effects of invasive plants on the river systems and surrounding wetlands.

Mahalo nui loa to Peleke Flores and Mālama Hulēʻia for receiving our hoʻokupu, oli and hula and a big mahalo to all the volunteers who work hard to remove invasive plants so that the native wetland ecosystem can be restored.

Photo credit : Leimakamae Dill from Halewai Photography

Beautifully Flawed Retreat – 24 May 2021

Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick was invited, together with Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani, to the 8th Beautifully Flawed Retreat organised by the Beautifully Flawed Foundation. Held at the spectacular Makanalani property on the north shore of Kaua’i, this was the perfect backdrop for these courageous and resilient young women to partake of the aloha that is the Hawaiian culture.

Beautifully Flawed Foundation’s mission is to encourage a broken world and offer hope to overcome through Jesus Christ. Established by the family and friends of world-class professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark attack at the age of 13, their vision is to establish individuals to be overcomers in Christ.

The night was pure magic at this private luau as the Hālau shared a beautiful Hawaiian cultural experience with Hula Kahiko, Hula ‘Auana, and even a private lesson on hula dance by Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani. Mahalo uncle Coppin for the exciting fire dance that enthralled us all.

Mahalo to Sarah Rachel Hill and to all involved in supporting this ministry.

Photo credit: Flux Photography and Leimakamae Dill from Halewai Photography

Blessing for Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort – 24 March 2021

The pū and the pū’ohe were sounded to herald the start of the blessing ceremony for the Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort, which is the former Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, at the Kalapaki property. Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani under the direction of Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick officiated the ceremonial blessings and also enthralled the crowd with the hula “Nāwiliwili”. The oli presented, “Pule Ola Lō’ihi”, has special significance especially now, a pule for the blessing of a long life.

Ohana Christian Church Blessing Celebration – 8 November 2020

Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick led the haumāna of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani in a blessing for Ohana Christian Church. The Ohana Christian Church Fellowship has been meeting at Kapaa Middle School for over 20 years. Now God has provided a permanent place for them to hold their services. Mahalo ke Akua! After some renovations, a special blessing and celebration was held on November 8. We were honored to be asked to bring a blessing of Thanksgiving. May the good news of Jesus Christ, His Grace, His Mercy, His Love, His Power continue to be proclaimed at OCF.

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