It’s a popular community festival — May Day by the Bay 2019 at Wai’oli Beach Park, Hanalei Bay, was attended by about 700 people. This annual event organised by ‘Ahahui Kiwila Hawaii O Mo’ikeha, one of Kaua’i’s newer Civic Clubs, has been focusing on “Keeping the Culture Alive” since 2011. (It was originally started in 1981 by Doug Chang and Ku’ulei Cooper, and ran until 1993.) The festival showcases the best of Kaua’i’s people, culture, and beauty in a wonderfully organic and authentic way for visitors to the Garden Isle: there’s music, hula, various cultural displays, ono food from a diversity of stalls, and locally made arts and crafts to enjoy. Often, the musicians who sing and play there are Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards winners.
This sunny Saturday event was one that we were very proud and happy to be a part of. The best part was all the fun that everyone had together!
The Christmas season is one in which we remember how much we are blessed and find ways to share that with the people around us. Giving back to the community as a hālau is one of the ways that we do this. So on 15 December 2018, we first went down to Regency at Puakea to share aloha and the Christmas spirit with the elderly residents, then rounded off the day’s programme by dancing at the annual County Christmas Fair — the Kaua’i-Made Holly Jolly Christmas Fair.
Instead of a big two-day festival, as funds are being diverted to rebuilding the devastated portions of Kaua’i’s North Shore and Hawai’i’s East Shore, November 3rd saw The CocoFest Lite Triple Event being held at Kapa’a Beach Park.
Despite being a little smaller than usual, the festival still delivered everything that was expected of it — coconut-related crafts and games, coconut-derived food galore, coconut-inspired contests, and performances by some of the best craftsmen, artists, and entertainers in Hawai’i! Our hālau was glad to dance at this fun community event.
September 2018 was an exciting month as the hālau hosted Aunty Kahānoa Floresca (Alaka’i of our San Diego outpost) and three of her haumana. They were here for a hula intensive with Kumu Lei, and one of the highlights of their visit was when Kumu Lei took them on a huaka’i up from Wailua into the mountains, where they gathered ‘ili’ili and learnt a hula together.
The Wahine Maile Papa Hula came together and made a 1,000-foot-long lei lau kī to join with Ron Panzo’s inclusive project and together make a mile-long lei for Hōkūle’a‘s homecoming on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Mahalo ‘Anakē Cyrila and Angela Pycha for spearheading and leading us as we contributed to this Lei of Aloha effort.
Hōkūle’a is a full-scale replica of a traditional waʻa kaulua or Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Built in the 1970s, this boat is the culmination of many years of work to resurrect and preserve the traditional sailing and navigation techniques that brought the first settlers to the Hawaiian islands long ago. This epic three-year voyage saw Hōkūle’a traverse about 40,000 nautical miles (74,000 kilometres), 18 nations, 150 ports, and eight UNESCO Marine World Heritage sites on a quest to propagate the massage of Mālama Honua (caring for Island Earth). Click here to read more on her triumphant homecoming.
We join all of Hawai’i in the pride we feel for such an amazing accomplishment by the Hōkūle’a crew. Their commitment, dedication, integrity, and all the sweat, tears, and work they put in over these past four years is a testimony of God’s amazing goodness to us. He provides, He protects, He blesses. Mahalo ke Akua.
In the northern uplands of Wailua lies the site of an ancient wahi pana (significant sacred place) – Pihanakalani, which means “the fullness of heaven”.
Long ago, this was the home of Kauakahiali’i and Ka’ililauokekoa, of whom various mele and hula have been created over the years. At one time, this place was also a forest of lehua that covered the mountain slope below Kawaikini.
Currently, Pihanakalani is owned by Hindus. The resident Hindu monks very kindly allowed us to visit the site and offer hula in honour of our ancient ali’i. It was truly a special time and we are grateful to have experienced the mana and beauty of Pihanakalani.