5th Halau Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration


Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

ALOHA MAI KAKOU!

JOIN US FOR OUR 5TH HALAU ANNIVERSARY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
In Honor of Queen Lili'uokalani benefitting the Malie Foundation Scholarship and Halau Students

* A CELEBRATION TO HONOR OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS - LOCAL STYLE
In November, our nation takes time to commemorate the historical event of giving thanks to God's blessings through its holiday celebration of family and friends.
Our Thanksgiving features favorite potluck meal items of our halau hula haumana and 'ohana (hula school students and family) and entertainment sharing what our hula and ukulele students are learning.
POTLUCK CONTRIBUTIONS BY GUESTS ARE MORE THAN WELCOME, BUT NOT REQUIRED.

* A CELEBRATION TO HONOR OUR HALAU HAUMANA
Our mission is to learn, preserve and perpetuate cultural integrity in all aspects of Hawaiian hula, traditions, history and language, and to honor and glorify Ke Akua in all He has given us.
Our goals are to provide opportunities for continued training to expand and maintain cultural knowledge, and to establish effective and loving communication.
Our Thanksgiving will recognize all performing members and how long they have been with the halau in addition to celebrating special anniversaries, accomplishments and promotions.

* A CELEBRATION TO HONOR OUR HALAU FOUNDER AND MATRIARCHS
November 1 is the anniversary of the establishment of Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi'ilani - Mainland USA Extension.
We honor our founder Kumu Hula  (Hula Teacher) Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick of Kaua'i also known as Kumu Lei and is led by her Alaka'i (leader) Auntie Kahanoa Floresca.  
We honor our matriarch Auntie Julianna, Kumu Lei's mom, who is reknowned for her contributions to the Queen Lili'uokalani Elementary School, now closed.
Our Thanksgiving celebrates 5 years of educational achievements in Hawaiian hula, culture, traditions and arts provided by our halau.

* A CELEBRATION TO HONOR QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI THROUGH EDUCATIONAL FUNDRAISERS
November 11, 1917 is the anniversary of the passing of Queen Lili'uokalani, the last reigning Hawaiian Monarch. 
The Queen's greatest legacy was her lifetime passion of education and her mission to ensure the education and welfare of her people, especially that of children. 
The Queen Lili'uokalani Trust in Lihue, Kaua'i directed us to the Malie Foundation Scholarship which they felt would most benefit from our donations.
Our Thanksgiving raises funds to donate to the Malie Foundation Scholarship for the education of Hawaiian-blood children, in addition to the hula education fund of our students.


EVENT SCHEDULE

6:00 - LOBBY CHECK-IN OPEN FOR FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED SEATING (Seat cannot be saved for those who are not present except for RESERVED PRIORITY TABLES FOR 6 ticket holders)

6:00 - 7:00 LEI CONTEST EXHIBIT & SILENT AUCTION (People's Choice Voting is based on the highest average of bids of silent . See navigation tabs, ABOUT LEI CONTEST and LEI CONTEST ENTRY)

6:00 - 8:00 HANDCRAFTED UKULELE EXHIBIT BY HAMAKUA MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (Founder Ross Yamamoto is donating one of his creations  for our fundraising raffle for the Malie Foundation)

6:30 - DOORS OPEN TO MAIN HALL FOR CELEBRATION TO COMMENCE (Live Band Pre-Show, Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, Entertainment by Hula and Ukulele Students, Announcement of Lei Contest Winners)

8:30 - CONCLUSION OF CELEBRATION


SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS INDIVIDUAL HULA STUDENT EDUCATIONAL FUND
Funds earned will be applied towards educational fees for Hawaiian Hula Cultural Education including the following:

*  2020 Hawaiian Hula Workshops by Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick

*  2020 Hula Intensive Training with Kumu Lei (by Auntie Kahanoa's invitation only for qualified adults)

*  2020 Hawaiian hula or cultural workshops sponsored by other Kumu Hula or Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners (with approval by Auntie Kahanoa and/or Kumu Lei)

*  2020 Monthly Halau Membership

BENEFIT TO THE MALIE FOUNDATION 
Donations will be submitted under Halau Ka Lei Kukui HI'ilani - Mainland USA Extension and shall benefit one or more of the following scholarship as allocated by the Malie Foundtiaon.  
*  Kaua‘i Student or Resident / Hawaiian Cultural Program/Workshop (Up to $250 Scholarship)

*  Kaua‘i School/Organization (Up to $250 Scholarship)

*  Kaua‘i Community College Student (Up to $500 scholarship)

In 2018, the Halau raised $1250 through the efforts of only 12 Halau members who were featured soloists at our Halau Anniversary Thanksgiving Open House. 
The scholarships were awarded in January of 2019 for Kaua'i educational programs, workshops and activities. 

ABOUT THE MALIE FOUNDATION

LINK TO THE MALIE FOUNDATION WEBSITE




ABOUT QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI
LINK TO DAILY MOTION DOCUMENTARY VIDEO ON THE LAST QUEEN OF HAWAI'I

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. 


ABOUT OUR KUMU HULA LEIHI‘ILANI KIRKPATRICK

LINK TO LEARN ABOUT HALAU KA LEI KUKUI HI'ILANI


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






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