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...
Praise for Recalling Hawaii California

Praise for Recalling Hawaii California

Dear Roselle and Jim, Savitri, and the Board, Cast, and Supporters of Ka’imi Na’Auao ‘o Hawai’i Nei: Mahalo Nui Loa for the gift that you gave the people of California.  Your Marin performance of “Recalling Hawaii” was absolutely magnificent! From start to finish the audience was enthralled with the Aloha that you poured upon us.  The sheer truth, beauty, emotional depth, and artistry of it was so powerful that every person in that theater was deeply touched…so deeply that tears were flowing very frequently throughout the show.  Roselle’s words about tears at the show opening really opened the healing flood gates! Sitting in the audience, surrounded by strangers, I constantly heard people gasping with awe, whispering “Wooowww” and “Oh my God!”  Really, it was just amazing the engagement that you performers accomplished with the audience.  It was life-changing for those lucky people who were there. They were so surprised at how good and full of learning this show was! As usual there were people who had no idea there was an overthrow by the USA.  Many in attendance were amazed that there was so much they could learn about Hawaiian culture. After the show one serious hula student friend of mine from Marin exclaimed to me  “I am so ashamed of my poor ability in Hawaiian language!  I must study much harder!”  I heard several people express joyful amazement at how accomplished the kamali’i were.  One man asked me why there were no men dancing.  He said “I know that men dance hula … why were there none here tonight?”  I wished I had a good answer for him....
California Ho’ike

California Ho’ike

Kahiko Ha Lapa I Hula Alapa’i O Ke Anuenue under the direction of Lynn Roth, gathered for a pot luck and Ho’ike, on May 5th, 2013.   All four classes  experienced dancing together, some for the first time. Besides new dances, we performed several “oldies” that everyone knew.  It was a very successful day, as you can see from the smiling faces. Click here for the...
Revisiting Emalani Festival 2012

Revisiting Emalani Festival 2012

IT WAS ALL ABOUT FEATHERS… by Dawn Fraser Kawahara   © Dec. 2012 . . . Yes, feathers. Floating. . . beautiful, soft feathers. Like those of angel wings as often depicted, and then, too, our birds of Koke`e, the treasured jewels of our high mountain island. An image to wake from, a spirit image to stay with me through the day. The dream followed an evening of music, when I had watched my hula brother Jordan raise his clear tenor as he sang from his heart, it seemed, in the college ensemble’s Christmas concert. The music evoked angels, and then, synchronistically, a fluttering movement high in the apex of the church sanctuary caught my eye–a bird. This little package of feathers and fluff seemed quite at home as it perched on a precariously angled corner of the high main beam, then flitted to the back of the church to settle as my attention was reclaimed by the music and a segment of hula presented by the Kaua`i Community College Hula Club. One kahiko chant dedicated to Emalani using feathered `ul§-ul§(gourd rattles) in pheasant colors stirred a memory of the very first Queen Emma Festival in the 1980s, in which we danced and chanted similarly. Feathers, again. The symbolic effect of the bird/spirit moments engraved itself to be played back after a night’s rest, to give me the spark that writers and artists often call “the muse” to write the deeper side of my Emalani 2012 involvement. When I wrote my first draft of my experience with my hula family as part of the Ka `Imi Institute’s presenters during October’s...
Recalling Hawai’i – Maui Performance

Recalling Hawai’i – Maui Performance

Ka`Imi Na`auao `o Hawai`i Nei Institute Presents RECALLING HAWAI`I   Read the Review View the Photos JUNE 2, 2012 6:30 PM MACC CASTLE THEATER Recalling Hawai`i,” is a hula and history chronicle,  spanning from Kumulipo beginnings through present times and the  proud future of  Hawai`i expressed through oli, mele, and hula, and  background visuals. Joining together in this  multi-media presentation are Ka `Imi  members–a cast of over  50 dancers, musicians, and singers–from Hawai`i California, and Europe. The program, which was first presented, by special  invitation, in Heidelberg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland (June 2010) and was performed to a “sold-out” Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center last year, is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. At that time we will be entertained by Na Kaholokula, who carry on the tradition of haku mele, Uncle Jimmy Kaholokula, composer of many classic mele such as “Pua Olena”. Read the Maui Now Article, February 6, 2012: Roselle Bailey – Kumu Hula Goes International Ka`Imi Na`auao `o Hawaii Nei Institute Kaimi.org Supported by Hawaii Tourism Authority and  Maui County...
KA `IMI’s ‘Recalling Hawai`i’, A TRIBUTE TO HAWAIIAN PRIDE AND LEGACIES FROM THE ALI`I

KA `IMI’s ‘Recalling Hawai`i’, A TRIBUTE TO HAWAIIAN PRIDE AND LEGACIES FROM THE ALI`I

KA `IMI’s ‘Recalling Hawai`i’, A TRIBUTE TO HAWAIIAN PRIDE AND LEGACIES FROM THE ALI`I by Dawn Fraser Kawahara  © 2011 This year in a May 28 performance, a pinnacle in hula learning and presentational skills for Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute members was reached during the evening presentation of “Recalling Hawai`i” at the Kaua`i Community College Performing Arts Center. The hula chronicle played to a sold-out house. From the moment the large pu sounded and the chanting began – “Aroha tatou, e na tupuna. . .”– and the spotlights focused on colorfully-costumed figures before a screen splashed with images of Kaua`i and Hawai`i, the energy between audience and cast circled and continued to build over two segments covering several hours of dance and music researched and choreographed to “chart” time from the Kumulipo through the peaceful time of Manokalanipō to the days of the Monarchy. Following “Hawai`i Aloha,” at the closing, the receptive audience awarded the over forty dancers, chanters, musicians and supporters involved in the challenging hula drama with a stand-up “hana hou” reaction. At this point, artistic director and President Emeritus of Ka `Imi Institute, founder Roselle Keli`ihonipua Bailey, of Maui, introduced the cast members  in the ambitious presentation who had traveled to merge together with Kaua`i Ka `Imi members from, O`ahu, Maui, California, and Germany. This Hawai`i premiere built on the the first European performances of “Recalling Hawai`I”, presented successfully in June 2010 in Germany and Switzerland by invitation. Kumu Hula Bailey when interviewed said she chooses to continue the tradition of Hawaiian creativity in finding new ways to blend the old with the...
Recalling Hawaii

Recalling Hawaii

Recalling Hawaii A multi-media chronicle awakening the past, the now and the future of Hawaii with oli, mele, and hula….. “In the beginning there were no canoes or people in canoes…”  Out of the darkness / Po creates life. Hawaiians describe the geologic evolution as interplay between the goddess Pele represented by fire and lava, and the god Kane, embodied in the many forms of water. “It is the time of Ao, the time of light. …there are people in the canoes…” People sail far across the ocean in their canoes to find and cultivate the fertile land. After a long time, other explorers appear from across the sea. The life of the indigenous population changed but the love for their wonderful country remains. The legacy of the royal family lives on with the Hawaiian people until the present time. Today, the dignity and strength of that culture is again valued and honored. Ka `Imi Na`auao O Hawai`i Nei Institute is a 501 (c)3 educational non-profit organization which wasestablished in 1976 by Kumu Hula Roselle Keli`ihonipua Bailey of Maui  “to search for the truth of the Hawaiian culture; to restore the Hawaiian culture to its original dignity; to educate the populace for its understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the medicine, art, language, crafts, philosophy and religion of the Hawaiian people….”To achieve this goal, the Institute maintains branches and affiliates in Austria, California, Canada, Germany, Kaua`i, Maui, New Zealand, O`ahu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, and Virginia. It also sponsors and organizes educational programs and projects throughout the world Ka`imi’s Kumu Hula and students have come together from several of these branches to...

Eo E Emalani I Alaka`i

It was a glorious day in the meadow as Tracyann Hiipoilani Kanahele portraying Queen Emma rode into the meadow on horseback. “Isn’t she beautiful?” “How regally she carries herself!” “I cried when she danced.” were some of the comments as her presence set the tone for what many agreed was one of the best festivals ever. Even the weather co-operated! Clear sky, gentle breeze, neither too hot nor too cold; it was a made-to-order day. Each year performing at the EO Emalani festival in the Kanaloahuluhulu meadow in Koke’e holds special meaning for the Institute as our Kumu, Roselle Keli’ihonipua Bailey, created the annual festival with Hui O Laka in 1987. This year was no exception as we presented pieces Roselle set to rhythm and hula from the hand written 19th century manuscripts given to her decades ago to “bring the words to life”. Although some were presented at Merry Monarch and other venues through the years, this performance was unique to us as we celebrated the professional conservation of these precious manuscripts. Click here for information on the 19th Century Manuscripts given to Roselle...
Kaua`i World Challenge Canoe Race

Kaua`i World Challenge Canoe Race

Kaua`i World Challenge Canoe Race, Kalapaki Beach May 8, 2010 Once again the cliffs of Kalapaki echoed the sounds of pahu, ipu, and mele as Ka`Imi members greeted competitors in the Kaua`i World Challenge Canoe Race. Dancers, paddlers, and spectators enjoyed being part of the excitement as canoes sped across the bay to change crews on their way from Wailua to Salt Pond. Picture perfect weather (as you can see from the photos which Jesse Castro has kindly allowed us to use) added to the day’s joyful ambience. This is the third time that our members have performed for the World Challenge, and we hope it will not be the last. Mahalo to the race organizers for allowing us to be a part of this event. Click here for a Flickr photo...
21st Annual Eo Emalani i Alaka`i Festival in Kokee

21st Annual Eo Emalani i Alaka`i Festival in Kokee

21st Annual Eo Emalani i Alaka`i Festival in Kokee: October 10, 2009 Ka `Imi Institute kumu and haumana and from four branches of the halau combined to perform at the 21st annual Eo Emalani i Alaka`i Festival in Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, Koke`e on October 10, 2009.  The program featured stories, poetry, songs and dances relating to Queen Emma’s visit to the estate of Alfred, Lord Tennyson on the Isle of Wight, England in 1865. EMALANI 2009 in RETROSPECT ‘You Have Instilled a Strong Foundation’by Dawn F. Kawahara a.k.a. Ke`ikeone`ulaponoThe hula year has begun along with the new year 2010, and already the October calendar is starred with forward planning to the next Ka `Imi offering for the annual Eo e Emalani i Alaka`i Festival in Koke`e. The vision is not yet fully in focus, yet it shimmers and pleases like a futuristic dream scene that beckons.As we haumana (students) practice and pay attention to the long list of small and important style details a dancer must incorporate to try to emulate the supple palapalai ferns, I think of the many festivals honoring Hawai`i’s much-loved Queen Emma in the (often) misty green meadow of Koke`e that have been staged since the first one, in 1988. How fortunate are all who have had the opportunity and pleasure of attending any or all of these festivals, and how lucky for those of us who have also presented hula to the pageants’ array of chosen Queens and their attendants. These special days span twenty-one years now and are a treasure house in my memory bank.Some Festival days have been sunny and warm, the scent...
California Ho`ike

California Ho`ike

California Ho`ike in Creekside Park in Greenbrae: June 28, 2009 California had it’s first Ho’ike, June 28th, 2009 at Creekside Park in Greenbrae. Three keiki were out of town and not able to join us. The temperature reached close to 100 degrees that day and all dancers had their water bottles close at hand. The heat kept the locals away and we had the park to ourselves. The audience of family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the performance and afterwards gathered in the shade for a well deserved pot luck...
Asian Pacific Heritage Festival

Asian Pacific Heritage Festival

Asian Pacific Heritage Festival: May 23, 2009 On May 23rd, 2009, Kahiko Ha Lapa I Hula Alapa’i O Ke Anuenue, participated in the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. It was a particularly cold and foggy day as evidenced by the attire of the audience. We did our best to bring the warmth of the aloha spirit to the rapt audience. Kudos to the dancers for a job well done in less than optimal conditions. We hope to be invited back next year! Flicker Photo Gallery...
Friendship Force of Kauai Exchange with Osaka, Japan

Friendship Force of Kauai Exchange with Osaka, Japan

Friendship Force of Kauai Exchange with Osaka, Japan Ka `Imi members always enjoy their interactions with the Kaua`i branch of Friendship Force international. Since the Kaua`i club opened in 1984, Ka `Imi has helped its work to promote world peace by hosting Friendship Force Ambassadors from such diverse locales as Taiwan, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, Japan, England, and Australia, as well as by performing for the Kaua`i club’s banquets and other functions. Most recently, our members taught Hawaiian culture to a group of Ambassadors from Osaka and Kyoto. A highlight of the group’s visit was a “Hawaiian Culture Day”, at which the Ambassadors learned lei-making, ‘ukulele, pa`u la`i construction, and a simple dance, “Huki i ke Kalo” from their hosts. We think you will be able to see from Jesse Castro’s eloquent photos how much fun was had by all. (Mahalo, Jesse, for allowing us to use the pictures.) *Anyone wanting to learn more about Friendship Force International’s program to create world peace one friendship at a time can check out the website: http://www.thefriendshipforce.org. (WARNING: make sure you type the address correctly. Do not look up http://www.friendshipforce.org unless you want to find a mail-order bride!) Osaka Friendship Force club President, Mr. Morimoto kicks up his heel learning the Molok`i Ku`i. Demonstrating good huki kalo technique. Haloa watches the Ambassadors dance in his honor. Heu`i teaching “Huki i ke Kalo” Ambassadors enjoying the hula class at “Hawaiian Culture Day”. Ambassadors posed with Ka`Imi performers at the farewell dinner in Po`ipu In a partial reprise of the Emalani program, Ka`Imi members danced “Maile Swing”. Performance in the Po`ipu Pavilion This has...
Eo, E Emalani I Alaka`i Festival

Eo, E Emalani I Alaka`i Festival

Eo, E Emalani I Alaka`i Festival, October 11, 2008 “It was the best program you ever did!” “…like a Broadway production!” “Chicken skin!” “I cried…” These were some of the comments Ka `Imi members heard from Emalani festival audience members. Reactions from our dancers, musicians, and flag holders were equally intense. “You all looked so beautiful,” exclaimed one flag bearer. It was true. Against the meadow’s dazzling green, flags and costumes shone in the sun. Solo dancers in holoku of red, yellow, purple, and pink twinkled like gemstones. Red/green ti leaf skirts swished and flashed. With just enough breeze to give them a lift, the flags’ colorful faces peeked through from behind. Words alone cannot do justice to the event. Thanks to Jim Di Mora of Kapa`a for allowing us to use his lovely photos so that you can see for yourselves how spectacular we looked. For the benefit of those who may want to know why we did what we did, we are including the text of the introduction read by faithful Emcee and distinguished kupuna Aletha Kaohi. NAME: Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute PRESIDENT EMERITUS AND FOUNDER: Roselle Keli`ihonipua Bailey BRANCHES: Austria, California, Germany, Kaua`i, Maui, O`ahu, Samoa, Switzerland, Virginia Lauded by her contemporaries as equal in character and accomplishment to Britain’s Queen Victoria, Emalani was an internationally known personage. In the 20 years since the Eo, E Emalani i Alaka`i Celebration was established, members of Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute have striven to honor her intelligence, courage, and aloha by emulation. In so doing, we too have become internationally known. Our efforts...

Members of Ka`imi Give Presentation on Visit to India

Kauai Museum ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY, 3 MAY, AT KAUA`I MUSEUM, members of Ka`imi will give a presentation about the Institute’s visit to India in 2007.This will be one of the museum’s `Ohana Saturday programs, which take place on the first Saturday of each month. Admission is always free on those days, so this is a good opportunity for those who have seldom or never availed themselves of that institution’s many resources to become acquainted with it. If you have not seen them, check out the permanent exhibits on natural and human history in the annex. Linda Shimoda, who organizes the ‘Ohana Saturday events, has chosen the theme of “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” for this year. Other presentations in the series have included a demonstration by KCC instructor Wayne Miyata of his ceramic Chinese Bestiary, and a discussion of traditional canoe navigation by the Vaka Taumako Project. Ka `Imi’s performances in Tamil Nadu were based on the elements of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirituality, and the 3 May event will illustrate that program. Vi Herbert will also tell about the Kolam Foundation’s program to help eradicate poverty in Tamil Nadu. It was Vi who made Ka `Imi’s visit to India possible. The museum is at 4428 Rice St. Lihu’e (across from First Hawaiian Bank and the Post Office). On Saturdays, it is open from 1000 to 1600. For more information on the ‘Ohana Saturday series, telephone Linda at (808) 245 6931 ext 26. or visit the museum’s website...
Sailing with Lata Exhibit Opening at Kauai Museum

Sailing with Lata Exhibit Opening at Kauai Museum

Sailing with Lata Exhibit Opening at Kauai Museum April 27, 2007 Before a distinguished company of sailors and scholars, members of Ka `Imi performed opening protocol for the Vaka Taumako Project’s “Sailing with Lata” exhibition on 27 April. The audience included Professor emeritus Ben Finney, one of the founders of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ruby Johnson, translator of the Kumulipo and authority on ancient Hawaiian astronomy, a crew who had braved rough seas to sail in for the event, and several who had journeyed from even farther afield. Two nations with long traditions of seafaring, Greece and Holland, were represented, but the hands down winner of the Person Farthest from Home Award was Ernest, a master drummer from Ghana who joined the ho`opa`a for “Huki i ke Kalo”. Also on hand was master photographer Tim Delavega, who has given us permission to use some of his photos of the...