Keauhualaka – A Door to Hawaiian Spirituality

Keauhualaka – A Door to Hawaiian Spirituality

“KEAHUALAKA- A Door to Hawaiian Spirituality” KAUAI LANDMARK FILM PREMIERE HELD ON KAUAI With permission from Dawn Kawahara/TropicBird Press Members of the Board of Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawaii Nei Institute proudly launched the Hawaiian culture organization’s important new film documentary, “Keahualaka, A Door to Hawaiian Spirituality”, on Kauai at two well attended events. Keahualaka, an ancient place of significance, exists tucked into the cliff near Makana Peak in the Ke`e heiau complex. The first showing, a “red-carpet” invitational premiere for people who were supporters in the challenge of bringing both Ka `Imi Institute and the restoration and maintenance of Keahualaka into being, was  held on the evening of Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, at the Lihu`e Lutheran Church Hall. Over 100 people attended this event. The public film showing took place at the new Kauai Community College (KCC) small performance theater area on Dec 7, 2017. The free event was in collaboration with the KCC Hawaiian Studies program. The new theater was full to capacity for this showing. Beginning in the 1970s, Ka Imi Institute’s founder and current President Emeritus Roselle Keliihonipua Bailey held a vision of what might happen if the important archaeological site of Keahualaka were to be released from its stranglehold of non-native plants and trees and re-dedicated to Laka, the Goddess of Hula, the forest, and navigation, for which it was originally constructed in prehistoric times. Keahualaka is an important site for all of the Hawaiian islands, beyond Kauai. The work that went into freeing it from its almost forgotten state to its present and future recreated beauty and importance as an historical hula site...
Ka’imi’s program at Eo Emalani 2016

Ka’imi’s program at Eo Emalani 2016

Our Kumu as Master of Ceremonies Sailing in on the canoe! The day could hardly have been more favorable: blue sky, warm sun moderated by the occasional breeze, Kanaloahuluhulu meadow dressed in glorious green… You can get the visual imagery from Mike Teruya’s photographs, and your imagination/memory will supply sounds, scents, and general atmosphere. For those who were not there, or who did not get copies of the printed program, here is the text explaining Ka `Imi’s performance: We are all navigators. Everyone here today used navigation to reach Koke`e, even if only to go out the door and into a vehicle that someone else drove. Navigation or wayfinding is something we all do, often without thinking much about it. Polynesians, however, refined the process into science and art. Using natural signs such as winds, clouds, birds, waves, and stars, they explored and colonized many islands throughout the vast Pacific, including Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand. Surpassing the Chinese, Phonecians, Arabs, and Vikings, they became the finest seafarers of the pre-modern world. Our program today salutes them and their present-day descendants. We enter singing about sailing in search of a dream. The song comes from Taumako, a small Polynesian community in the eastern Solomon Islands, whose people still build and sail the kind of canoes their ancestors used to travel the ancient searoads. We then perform a hula kala`au (stick dance) from Kauai which describes astronomical and other navigational signs. A song honoring Queen Emma as a warrior who braved the deep ocean to travel within her kingdom and to North America and Europe follows. Our last dance brings us...
‘Hawaiians as Scientists’ DVD Fall Educators’ Special

‘Hawaiians as Scientists’ DVD Fall Educators’ Special

A working kalo (taro) and more eco-farm is dependent on a steady, fresh water supply channeled and routed from source streams in the traditional cultural way.   Photo by Dawn F. Kawahara Kapa`a, Hawai`i–School is in full swing now, the autumn equinox arrived Sept. 22, and the rainy season will soon be upon us, relieving areas of drought and dryness and renewing the life of the land. Members of the educational committee of Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute are reaching out to school principals, teachers, cultural and club leaders, and librarians to announce a fall semester “Educators’ Special” for the non-profit cultural Institute’s DVD and study guide, “Hawaiians as Scientists, He Mele No Kane (The Waters of Kane).” This innovative teaching tool on the importance of the water cycle in nature was carefully planned as a ready-to-use lesson plan. The “hands-on” units require observation and critical thinking. The Ka `Imi-produced teaching-and-learning product describes the water cycle as illustrated by the traditional Hawaiian chant illustrating “The Waters of Kane.” It includes a comprehensive lecture on the importance of fresh water streams and animals throughout the natural cycle by Kaua`i District Aquatic Biologist Donald Heacock. Ka `Imi students of the Maui branch school were filmed for the chant segment in natural settings, mauka to makai (mountains to sea). The lecture was filmed at a working kalo (taro) farm. The material is geared to elementary through middle school classes and beyond, to life learners. Regularly $25, the cost to educators (which includes cultural and organizational leaders and librarians) will be $15 per copy. The idea of offering the DVD Educators’ Special...
Mana, Kapu, and Noa at Keahualaka

Mana, Kapu, and Noa at Keahualaka

Abstract of paper for Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA 9-14 February, 2016. To be presented at the New Proposed Session: The Experiential Roots of Mana MANA, KAPU, AND NOA AT KEAHUALAKA, A SACRED HAWAIIAN SITE AT KE`E, KAUA`I Heu`ionalani Wyeth Ka`Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute Beautiful for situation, Keahualaka (the altar of Laka) or Kauluolaka (the inspiration and growth of Laka) hovers like a mighty bird over Ke`e beach on Kaua`i’s north shore. Lying as it does at the end of the coastal road and near the beginning of famous hiking trail, the site attracts many visitors. Some come specifically to experience the place’s mana, others inadvertently wander in. Whoever they may be and whatever their reasons may be for walking the path up to the site, these people are merely the latest in a line of visitors that goes back centuries. Po`e hula (hula people), students of Polynesian culture, and adherents of traditional Hawaiian religion revere Keahualaka for its connections with Laka, Pele, Hi`iaka, and Lohiau. Photographers, artists, and tourists are inpressed its physical beauty. New Age religionists seek it out as a place of power. Each visitor reacts to the site’s mana differently. The common denominator is that Keahualaka affects everyone, and everyone affects Keahualaka. This has created problems for those who look after the place. Under an agreement with its former owners, our Institute served as volunteer caretakers from 1975 to 1992. During that time, we removed rubbish, eradicated invasive plants, produced informational materials for visitors, and organized cultural performances on site. Our protocol followed the instruction of...
‘Hawaiian style’ lesson plans DVD soon to be released; Ka `Imi Institute continues global cultural exchange

‘Hawaiian style’ lesson plans DVD soon to be released; Ka `Imi Institute continues global cultural exchange

  Members of Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute are pleased to announce the upcoming release of a teaching video and series of lesson plans, “He Mele no Kane; Hawaiians as Scientists.” This innovative teaching tool promotes cultural learning through films and photographs of traditional chant and hula combined with related lesson plans geared to the classroom. Appropriate for elementary through middle school grades, the DVD will be made available this fall as part of the continuing educational mission of Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute. Additional advanced lesson plans for high school and advanced levels will follow. School principals, teachers and cultural leaders, librarians adding to Hawaiian resource materials, as well as anyone interested in furthering their understanding of Hawaiian conceptual knowledge may contact the Institute to reserve advance copies of this educational tool. Ka `Imi is a non-profit 501-C3 educational institute that has been in existence since the 1970s. The purchase price of the DVD and lesson plans will be nominal. The “Hawaiians as Scientists” educational project grew out of the successful Ka `Imi staged hula chronicles of “Recalling Hawai`i,” choreographed and directed by Kumu Hula Bailey. Starring casts numbered up to 50 dancers and musicians of the Institute, hailing from school branches world-wide. The crowd-pleasing multi-media spectacular has proven its success in each of eight presentations to date, from Germany and Switzerland (2010), to Kaua`i (2011), Maui (2012), Hawai`i and O`ahu (2013), as well as Northern California (2014).   Following the Hilo Theater presentation, Brenda Lee, a Hawaiian activist, said, “Every school child in Hawai`i should have the opportunity to see and learn from...
Ka ’Imi in Geneva: Reception at the U.S. Mission Independance Day 2015

Ka ’Imi in Geneva: Reception at the U.S. Mission Independance Day 2015

Dancers of Ka ’Imi Switzerland, Germany and Austria performed at the permanent U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on July 7th 2015, on occasion of the celebration of Independence Day 2015. The theme of this afternoon was Hawaii and the “Aloha Spirit”. Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto (grown up in Hawaii) invited the Band Na Ohana Ho’aloha from Moloka’i to play for the reception and suggested that a Swiss Hula Halau should participate to make the connection to the guest country and to enhance cultural exchange. Ka ’Imi picked up the invitation and participated with dancers not only Switzerland but also from our German and Austrian Halau. Manja from Switzerland and Anna from Germany visited the band on Moloka’i in February 2015 and got a first taste of dancing with the group during one of their weekly shows at the Paddlers Inn. After a lot of preparation we all met in Geneva on Sunday July 5th starting rehearsing in extreme summer heat. Everybody put their full effort into getting the dances tuned up, making leis for us, for guests of honor as well as for some of the U.S. Mission staff. Monday July 6th we went to the U.S. Mission to rehearse with the band. We only had this one day to get to know each other, finding the same rhythm, pick the right versions of the songs, agree on verses, beginnings and endings. It was an intense and exhausting rehearsal. But it was worth it: The next day nobody could believe that this was the first time we all met and played and danced together. The staff...
Hula Alapa‘i i Noho i Kuali‘i of Oahu celebrates 25th Anniversary

Hula Alapa‘i i Noho i Kuali‘i of Oahu celebrates 25th Anniversary

Our O‘ahu hālau observed its 25th anniversary on July 13, 2014.  Featured were favorite kahiko and ‘auwana hula by keiki and makua classes.  Most of these hulas come from Ka ‘Imiʻs shared repertoire.  Others, such as the keikiʻs “Toad Song” and “Ūlili E”, and the mākuaʻs “Kaleohano” and “Alekoki”, were created by Hi‘ipoi.  One of the joys of this year has been witnessing the pleasure and pride of older beginner adults who have always wanted to dance hula, but never did until this past year! Kamal`i Stately “Kaulilua” danced by mākua and ‘ōpio “Pua ka ‘Ōhelo” “Puamana” danced by mākua and kūpuna “Toad” song “Kaleohano”...
Puaiohi

Puaiohi

Aloha kākou e nā makamaka: He lā hoihoi nō ka 18 o Pepeluali. Ua hele mākou ka po`e hula a me ka po`e mālama manu puaiohi i Koke`e no ka hana ho`opōmaika`i `ana i ke ho`omaka`ana i ka lākou kau mālama manu kupu lau. `O ka Forest Bird Recovery Project (FBRC) ka inoa o ka lākou hui.  Ua ho`olālā lākou e ho`oku`u i nā manu puaiohi he 22, `o ka hapa i hānau `ia a hānai `ia mai Hawai`i mai a me Maui mai kekahi. I ka makahiki 1996, ua ho`omaka ka papahana e ho`omalu ua manu laha `ole lā.  He 200-500 wale nō ma loko o ka āina Alaka`i, Kaua`i.  Noho nā puaiohi ma Alaka`i wale nō. I kēlā makahiki, ua lawe `ia nā hua manu mai Alaka`i mai e nā kānaka FBRP a hiki i nā wahi ho`omalu manu ma Makawao, Maui a me Keauhou Ranch, kokoke i Volcano, Hawai`i.  Ua ho`okumu `ia nā `āuna manu laka `elua ma laila. Mai 1996 a hiki i kēia manawa, he 200 a `oi nā manu laka i ho`oku`u `ia ma Alaka`i mai kēia mau `āuna manu.  Pōmaika`i mākou ka po`e hula i ka hui `ana a ke kōkua `ana iā lākou i kēia hana e ho`omau i nā manu puaiohi. Iā mākou nā mea hula i loa`a ai ke kono e ho`opōmaika`i i ka ho`oku`u `ana i ia wahi manu malihini, ua no`ono`o `ia he manawa kūpono no`u e haku mele e pili ana i kēia hana kūikawā. I ka po`e hula e ho`olālā ana i ka papahana no ka hana ho`opōmaika`i, ua no`ono`o au i nā makahiki he...
Eo Emalani Festival

Eo Emalani Festival

2011 E`o Emalanai Program for Ka`Imi Na`auao O Hawai`I Nei Institute Aloha tatou. Ka ‘Imi Na’auao o Hawai’i Nei Institute is an educational non-profit organization founded by Roselle Keli’ihonipua Bailey of Maui for preserving and teaching  the Hawaiian culture. To this end, we sponsor activities that include linguistic research, propagation of native plants, learning traditional crafts, and collection of oral histories. As part of our endeavor to gather history from Kaua’i’s west side, we interviewed kupuna Evelyn Olores of Kekaha, a descendent of Queen Emma’s guide, Kaluahi. This interview inspired us to dedicate our program to this remarkable man, whose profound knowledge of the Koke’e region made the Queen’s adventure possible. His family has generously allowed us to perform a mele he composed about the beauty of the mountains that he knew so well. This mele will serve as our program’s introduction. Our salute to Kaluahi extends to all those who have guided and continue to guide us on our individual and collective journeys through time, space, and thought. Two of these are “Uncle Willie Kane”, William Kepahukaniolonookainoahou Goodwin, who gave us the manuscript containing the words to our second song, “Olokele Hula”, and Roselle Bailey’s father, Grandpa Lindsey, who composed its tune. For our last dance, we perform a mele composed by one of our own students. Originally intended as a tribute to our founder, this composition also honors all of our teachers and their teachers. Click here for...
Kauai World Challenge Canoe Race

Kauai World Challenge Canoe Race

Kaimi dancers welcome the paddlers in the Kauai World Challenge canoe race annual event. Here they are at Kalapaki, greeting the paddlers with traditional and modern hula and oli. Click here to view the flickr photo...