Prince Lot Hula Festival, July 21, 2012 >>

(photos courtesy of Lynn Cook)

This year’s event, certainly the most significant in recent memory, honored three master teachers whose part in the traditional transmission of traditional knowledge is immeasurable and whose influence on our  repertoire and philosophy is equally profound. James Ka‘upena Wong. Edith Kawelohea McKinzie. Patience Namaka Bacon. The festivities began with a special presentation of lei, oli, and hula by the ‘Āhihi Lehua (the hālau of Robert Cazimero, Vicky Holt Takamine, Māpuana de Silva, Michael Pang, and Manu Boyd), featured a beautiful, newly composed mele by Mr. Boyd, and included HMI performances of hula taught to us by “Pally” and the Aunties Edie and Maka.  What a treat for all of hula’s loyal generations!

HELA to Alaska, August 2-6, 2012 >>

Māpu, Mele Look, and their team of Queen’s Hospital physicians and researchers traveled to an indigenous peoples’ health conference in Anchorage to present the encouraging results of their study of the benefits of hula as cardiac rehabilitation for patients recovering from heart attacks and heart surgery (HELA: Hula Empowering Lifestyle Adaptations). Because the conference also involved a hula demonstration and  two evenings of cultural exchange, Māpu invited four HMI kumu hula to accompany her: Ka‘olu Luning, Kahikina de Silva, Pili Mac Kenzie, and Kahulu DeSantos. They are pictured above, in the Egan Center lobby, after dancing “Kaulana nā Pua” to all-maoli-stand-together audience of Alaskan and Hawaiian natives. The trip also included a pair of visits to the Alaska Native Heritage Center (a model, perhaps, for our own culture center in Kailua) and an unbelievable day of glacier- and nature-watching on Prince William Sound. 

iCloud discombobulations

Hele a Pupuāhulu

us with the no-fun task of transferring all of our pages and pictures to a new, iWeb compatible host (Rage Web Hosting) and photo storage site (Zenfolio). We are up and running again after a sketchy June and July, but we are still struggling to report on a landslide of summer activities that, under normal circumstances, would inspire careful coverage and explication. 

Our not-so-elegant solution to this pupuāhulu inducing dilemma (pupuāhulu: hasty, careless, and haphazard in the manner of a headless-chicken) is to fold a bunch of those summer activities into a single page of gallery links, take a deep breath, mihi, and move on. We did this once before (“Year of the Broken Camera”) when time and technology got the better of us; hereʻs hoping, e nā makamaka heluhelu, that it doesnʻt become a habit.

King Kamehameha Hula Competition, June 22-23, 2012 >>

No longer a novelty group (“Māpu has men?!”), the Papa Lanihuli has established itself as the standard bearer of Maiki-style hula in the men’s division of the Kamehameha Competition (first place, again, in hula kahiko, second place in ‘auana). And for its part, the Papa Kūkuna Lā (no trophies in either of the women’s categories) continues to forge for itself the hiehie (entrancing), ha‘aha‘a (humble) and haokila (steely, tough as nails) identity that defines our hālau. As our base of competition dancers expands from ‘Apiki to Lanihuli to Kūkuna Lā to Pua Māmane, we have managed to become more ourselves, not less.

Apple’s decision to shut down its MobileMe web and gallery hosting services on June 30 left