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2016 Merrie Monarch Cultural Enrichment at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

by Brea Aamoth on April 5th, 2016

‘Imiloa’s Cultural Enrichment Programs during Merrie Monarch week were filled with live music, hula, educational presentations and celebration. Check out the videos below for a recap of our programming during Merrie Monarch week!

Hula Performances by UNUKUPUKUPU:

UNUKUPUKUPU emerged in 2000 out of Hawaiʻi Community College’s I Ola Hāloa Hawaiian Studies Program. UNUKUPUKUPU serves the learner, employee and community of both Hawaiʻi Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. For more information on the performances by UNUKUPUKUPU, Click Here.

UNUKUPUKUPU is under the direction of Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō.


Hula Drama Hānau Ke Ali’i: Born is a Chief by Hālau Nā Kīpu’upu’u:

Hālau Nā Kīpu’upu’u shared a glimpse of their unique Hānau Ke Ali’i hula drama, the life story of the renowned warrior, King Kamehameha the Great. Illustrated through ancient storytelling, hula, chant and Hawaiian martial arts, Hānau Ke Ali’i is a composite of untold and unpublished stories of Kamehameha. These stories were collected from the elders of the Waimea and Kohala districts who are lineal descendants of Kamehameha. In preparation for this project, Hālau Nā Kīpu’upu’u collaborated with 3,000 Waimea community members to create authentic pieces of art and artifacts, bringing their hula drama to life.

Hālau Nā Kīpu’upu’u is under the Direction of Kumu Hula Micah Kamohoali’i.


Hula Performances by Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē:

In celebration of 30 years of Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē, Kumu Hula ‘Iwalani Kalima and her ‘ōlapa (dancers) shared their stories and dance as the next generation of hula under the teachings of the late and beloved Uncle George Na’ope. Keeping his legacy alive, Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē performed their Hula Ka Wā Kahiko (ancient dances shared through generations), followed by a few hula ‘auana (modern day hula).

Hula Hālau O Kou Lima Nani Ē is under the Direction of Kumu Hula ‘Iwalani Kalima.


Live Music by Mark Yamanaka

Musical Performances by Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner, Mark Yamanaka, helped us celebrate Hawaiian music and culture during Merrie Monarch week. This talented musician, vocalist, composer and proud father shared with us some of Hawaii’s most popular songs as well as some original compositions, featuring songs about both his daughter and son.


Book Signing by the authors of Hānau Ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names.

Presentation and Book Signing by Collette Akana and Kiele Gonzalez,  authors of Hānau Ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names.
Their recent publication is the fullest record of Hawaiian rain names and lore to date. Drawing on oral tradition and literature, their work is a culmination of approximately three hundred ‘ōlelo Hawai’i primary sources from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including chants, songs, laments and narratives. Their presentation included hula performances and stories.


A Papakū Makawalu Presentation: He Inoa No Hi’iakaikapoliopele
Viewing our Natural Environment through a Cultural Lens: Hi’iakaikapoliopele is popularly known as the favorite, and most beloved sister of Pele, the volcanic goddess. In that sense, much of her name recognition is due to Pele and her story. But who is Hi’iaka and what is her story? Palm Brandt and Ku’ulei Higashi Kanahele gave us more insight and answers to these questions during their presentation.

With Ku’ulei Higashi Kanahele and Pomai Brandt

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