September was an exciting time as Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick made her first visit to Singapore, where one of her hālau’s overseas extensions is based. Kumu Lei was here to conduct a full week of hula workshops and host a small ho’ike (recital/show) featuring hula taught during the workshops. During her time here she found the people to be lovely, and discovered that they enjoy hula even though the majority do not yet know much about it. Hula is growing here, slowly but surely!
Kumu Lei was graciously hosted by Dee Choy during her stay in this tiny island nation; Singapore is geographically smaller than Kaua’i, but has a large population of five million. Besides getting to know many new people and pick up useful information about the culture and history of Singapore, Kumu Lei also had the opportunity to sightsee, try new foods (she found it ono, but quite spicy!), spend time with Alaka’i Namiko Chan and her wonderful husband Aaron Lee, and get acquainted with members of her extension school.
Do check out the captions in our slideshow below for more details on Kumu Lei’s trip! You can also click here to visit Ka Pa Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani’s Facebook page.
Limahuli Garden, a part of the Limahuli Garden and Preserve in north Kaua’i, has an important role in conserving and perpetuating the history, culture and biodiversity of Hawai’i. Named in honour of the hard work and ingenuity of the ancient Hawaiians as well as for the area’s distinct landscape and winds, the valley is a beautiful place that covers three distinct ecological zones and contains several landforms within a relatively small area.
A special workshop on hula, oli and the mo’olelo (stories/legends) of Limahuli was held on May 3, 2014 in the shelter of a reconstructed hale (on an actual historical site) on the grounds. Catered to Limahuli docents to enrich their knowledge and contribute to their capacity to guide and educate visitors to the Garden and Preserve, the session was co-helmed by Kumu Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick and Kumu Kamealoha Hanohano. With such affable and generous instructors, all the workshop participants had a good time that was as enjoyable as it was fruitful.