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September 30 — Aloha Halele’a Flood Relief Concert

Despite having to be pushed back from its original date of 26 August, the Aloha Halele’a Flood Relief Concert that finally happened on 30 September was a great success. Held at a brand new theatre in Kilauea — the Anaina Hou-Porter Pavilion — the event was run as a benefit, to raise funds in aid of the many victims who lost their homes in the great floods of Spring 2018, which greatly affected the North Shore from Hanalei to Ha’ena. Roads in the area were closed for over a year, which was really hard on rescuers, builders, and displaced residents alike.

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December 15, 2018 — Christmas celebrations

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.

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November 3, 2018 — Coconut Festival

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.

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September 2018 — Hula Huaka’i for San Diego Haumana

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.

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August 2018 — Lei- and Ipu-Making Workshop for Keiki

Ti leaves are one of the most common materials used in leis, as well as a very important part of hula and of Hawaiian culture. Ipus are a common hula implement, and it’s always ideal for hula haumana to make their own if possible. So, on a bright sunny day in August 2018, the keiki mohala class had a special outdoor session at which they learnt to make ti leaf lei, and make their own ipu. Although it was hard work, everyone had a lot of fun!

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June 14-23, 2018 — Ka ‘Aha Hula ‘O Hālauaola

This year, the 5th Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Hālauaola Hula Conference ran from 14 to 23 June and saw a total of around 1,200 participants from across the Hawaiian islands and around the world. As in previous iterations of Ka ʻAha Hula ʻO Hālauaola, they learnt from and studied with various hula masters and experts in high-level workshops, presentations, and related activities, which include huaka’i (excursions/visits) to sacred sites and historically or culturally important places in every district on Hawai’i.

Alaka’i Kahanoa Floresca of our hālau’s San Diego branch worked very hard in representing us in both the opening and closing ceremonies; Alaka’i Kapuananiokekukui Namiko (Puanani) of our Singapore branch was also around for a few days as part of our delegation.

Here are some snapshots of the event, as well as of various sites of interest and significance in Hilo.

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Event Summary: March-June 2018

The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity. Here are snapshots from some of the house blessings, private lei-making workshops, private hula lessons, weddings, and shows that Kumu Lei and the hālau have been involved in in this period.

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