Hawai‘i lost its last reigning monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, on November 11, 1917.
January 29, 1891 marks the first day of her reign as the last Hawaiian monarch when she succeeded her brother, King David Kālakaua, the last reigning King of Hawai‘i who had passed the week before.
King David Kālakaua revitalized the Hawaiian culture in 1874 when he lifted the 40 year kapu (restrictions) on hula which was instituted by Queen Ka‘aumanu when she converted to Christianity in the 1830s. King David Kālakaua's motto, ONIPA‘A, was also Queen Lili‘uokalani's motto.
Queen Lili‘uokalani's legacy is embodied in an expansion of this in her motto: E ONIPA‘A I KA 'IMI NA‘AUAO…Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge. From the day she became Queen, she was driven to care for the wellbeing and knowledge of her people, especially the children.
She was the first female Hawaiian monarch, but she lost her throne due to an uprising staged by annexationists, and was placed under house arrest. While imprisoned, she left a CALL OF ALOHA upon her people and the world in her prayer KE ALOHA O KA HAKU: "Behold not with malevolence the sins of man, but forgive and cleanse. And so, O Lord, Protect us beneath your wings and let peace be our portion, Now and forevermore. Amen." Here she expresses the deepest form of ALOHA...through forgiveness so they may live in peace.
We are honored and privileged to be the haumana (students) of our esteemed Kumu Hula Leihi‘ilani Kirkpatrick (Kumu Lei) who freely shares her wealth of experience and knowledge:
Kumu Hula (hula teacher) through traditional uniki rites
Recognized Hawaiian Educator
Kumu Huaka‘i (excursion teacher) for Kaua'i Maoli
Kahua (mentor) for the Department of Education and Kamehameha Schools
Ordained Kahu (minister) licensed by the State of Hawai‘i.
Students from Singapore, Japan, Europe and the mainland USA travel regularly to Kaua‘i to study with Kumu Lei, and we are very blessed to have her journey to the mainland to share her knowledge.She draws a wide range of workshop attendees including other Kumu Hula, Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners, dancers, educators and ministers from the islands, mainland USA and abroad, in addition to returning attendees.
For those without hula experience or for those who want to master Kumu Lei's hula style, we encourage you to purchase Kumu Lei's HAWAIIAN HULA TUTORIAL DVD Part 1 from Online Dance Center: http://www.hawaiianhulatutorial.com