Na Wai e ‘Ole

Papa Malanai: ‘Ūniki ‘Ailolo, July 2010

postponed four times – once a year, every year, since 2006. The kumu was not happy with their written and performance tests. They struggled with weak memories, bad knees, aching joints, schedule conflicts, and life crises.

But they are the Malanai. They are named for the gentle but persistent, relief-bringing tradewind of Kailua. And you cannot tell the Malanai to pack it in. They are the care-givers.  A doctor, nurses, educators, a peace corps veteran. Moms. Hospice, pain management, and native health care specialists. Hālau costume ironers and tuna sandwich makers and shave ice machine operators. Givers by profession. Givers by choice. Givers over the long haul.

So when they finally tie on their kukui-stained pā‘ū and dance "A Ko‘olau Au" at Kapoho Point, Kailua, Ko‘olaupoko, there is no question of their understanding the ko‘olau path (love, duty, self-sacrifice) that Hi‘iaka chose so long ago. No question of their traveling that same path or belonging to that same sisterhood. No question that they have earned an ‘ūniki ‘ailolo.

Na wai e ‘ole?

None can deny it.

Pictured at top; front row: Ho‘oluana Imoto, Lydia Kumasaka, Māpuana de Silva, Mele Look, Gay Sim.  Back row: Sue Pignataro, Betsy Dyer, Pūlamahia Nakama, Pōmaika‘i Hu, Peggy Latare, Aolani La Caille, Nancy Cummings, Anne Galios.

Mahalo nui to Joyce Schatz for opening her home to us at Kapoho Point.

Their ‘ūniki as ‘ōlapa of Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima was