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.
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.
Kumu Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick was invited by the Kaua’i Mokihana Festival to honor Queen Liliʻuokalani.
Also invited was Lady Ipo Kahaunaele. Her presentation was about sharing her time when she worked for the Liliʻuokalani Trust. She sang Paoakalani. A song written by the Queen.
Kumu Leihi’ilani shared about the Queenʻs legacy as she composed the popular song Ke Aloha o Ka Haku. Kumu Leihi’ilani also shared her mother’s way of honoring the Queens’s legacy at the Liliuokalaniʻs Elementary School where she taught. Kumu Leihi’ilani then danced Makalapua. A song composed in the Queens’s honor at her birth.
At the end Kumu Maka Herrod, Lady Ipo Kahaunaele and Kumu Leihi’ilani sang and Kumu Leihi’ilani danced Aloha ʻoe.
As the world slowly emerges from lockdown we look back on a Covid-19 free May Day by the Bay celebration on Kaua’i last year. Lei-making and lei-giving is a time honored Hawaiian tradition and an art form that has been passed down from generation to generation. The first Lei Day was in 1928 as reported in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. It truly is a magical time as we witness gardens resplendent in spring/summer time blooms and the air is heavy with its fragrance. May Day is Lei Day. May we see a beautiful May Day celebration in 2021.
Flashback to a time before Corona Virus. May Day by the Bay was held at the Wai’oli Beach Park at Hanalei Bay. Just the year before, massive floods swept through many parts of Kaua’i including the Hanalei area destroying property and devastating lives and livelihoods. Through flood relief efforts and the outpouring of support from the community, Hanalei seems to be back on its feet.
Mahalo nui loa to Koko and Julie Kaneali’i and the team of sponsors for organising this community event. Mahalo nui loa to 4 Word Nation, Hālau Hula O Hanalei, Hōkū Zuttermeister, Ho’okena and Maila Gibson.
And last but not least, mahalo nui loa to our Kumu Hula, Kumu Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick and Hula Hālau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani together with musicians Darryl Gonzales, Malia Kerr and Loke Sasil.
Photo credits: Leimakamae Good Dill and Mike Teruya
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. And so we always make lei.
Wishing all of you in the Halau a Happy May Month. From my ‘ohana to yours. Stay safe and heakthy.
The annual Kaua’i – Ni’ihau Prayer Luncheon is one of the highlights of the year on Kaua’i. This event, held at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion, sees the community gather to offer thanksgiving and praise to Ke Akua, interceding for government leaders, businesses, church, nation, and our ‘ohana.
Kumu Hula Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick is the choreographer and worship director for the Prayer Luncheon. Preparations started many months before and Kumu Lei has been tireless in her dedication to the hula dancers from various church ministries throughout the island.
Mahalo to Kauai Island Ministries, Dely Sasaki and Kahu Rocky and the island churches for sponsoring and supporting this event.
Photo credit: Lori Leimakamae Good Dill
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.