Kaua'i, Hawaii


A Day in the Life of a Kumu Hula. Officiating a wedding.

With the ocean, the majestic mountains and the rugged landscape bearing witness, what better way to tie the knot than having your wedding officiated on the island of Kaua’i. Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani officiated this beautiful wedding in the month of November. Kumu Lei uses salt or paʻakai moana to symbolise cleansing and purification. This is one of the many rites that are unique to the Hawaiian wedding ceremony.

A Day in the Life of a Kumu Hula. Performing a renewal of vows ceremony.

A Hawaiian vow renewal ceremony is a beautiful and unique rite that is customarily performed by a Kahu. Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani performs these rites against the breath taking backdrop of Kaua’i. The couple are united in the ancient traditions of Ho‘ao Pa‘a.

A Day in the Life of a Kumu Hula. Performing a land blessing.

The land, in Hawaiian culture and thinking, has mana. It is considered sacred. It is customary to have a new location which can be a new home or a new business blessed by a Kahu. Kumu Leihi’ilani performs these rites, exercising her role as a Kahu, calling upon Ke Akua to bless and land and the people.

A star studded day of celebration at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony. 27 October 2019.

The 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrating Hawai’i’s recording industry legends. Presented by the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts. We honor Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett who has given his life to the sharing of aloha through his mele and his hula. The Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees are Brother Noland Conjugacion, Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Momi Bee Kahawaiola’a and Dr. Jonathan K. Osorio.

Celebrating a life of aloha. Lehua’s 65th birthday celebrations in Kāne’ohe O’ahu. 26 October 2019.

Celebrating Kumu Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett’s 65th birthday with a multitude of friends and family. Lehua’s legacy continues as one by one, each hālau presented oli and hula kahiko to honor him. Many of the hālau are based in Japan and it was amazing to see how vast Lehua’s influence is. Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani had prepared us to present a hula kahiko about King David Kalākaua and her Kaua’i hālau, together with her hālau extensions in San Diego and Singapore, told the story of this Renaissance man who had brought hula and Hawaiian culture back from the brink. Lehua is one such Renaissance man, sharing his aloha and his knowledge of Hawaiian culture and the arts with the world.

The family of Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani unites on O’ahu for Lehua’s workshop

A historic day for the hālau as the mainland extension and the Asian extension meet up for a day of inspiring hula workshops by Lehua Kawaikapuolani Hewett. The hālau has 2 extensions outside of Kaua’i, one in San Diego and one in Singapore. Lehua is a renowned composer as well as a practitioner of Hawaiian arts and culture.