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E kanikapila kākou. Upcoming jam session at Kaʻiwakīloumoku and you're invited!

April 22, 2024

E kanikapila kākou! Join Hauʻoli Akaka, Manu Boyd and Kāwika McGuire at Kaʻiwakīloumoku on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for kanikapila and hula. Bring your instruments and your voice to jam, or come and nanea! This event is part of the Kanikawī Series, presented by the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Pacific Indigenous Institute.

The Kanikawī initative is intended to elevate Hawaiian performing arts and promote the art and practice of Hawaiian music-making, by bringing mele practitioners and ke kaiāulu (the community) together, creating a space, time and place to kani ka pila while sharing moʻolelo about mele and strengthening our pilina with ʻāina and each other.

A pahuhopu (desired outcome) of Kanikawī is to develop a waihona mele – a core set of Hawaiian songs i.e. mele aloha ʻāina, mele haipule, mele hula - to help grow, promote and advocate access to mele Hawaiʻi. The waihona of core mele would work to promote ‘ike kūpuna, aloha ‘āina, aloha ke Akua, and kūpono. By engaging this core set of mele, participants from our KS and broader Hawaiian community will collectively learn to draw on the strengths of our past to stand firmly in the turmoil of the present, to affix a place for Hawaiʻi in the future.

We hope that you will join us this Friday to uplift Hawaiian performing arts!

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