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May 18, 2021

Nā ‘ano hana lei: Types of lei-making

It’s not too late to make or give a lei during this celebratory month! In this Cultural Conversations column, the KS Ho‘okahua Cultural Vibrancy hui shares their knowledge of lei-making that includes a video tutorial on making a hilo-style tī leaf lei! See story »


May 11, 2021

Pahu hula: A resounding legacy

In this Kūkahekahe Cultural Conversations story, KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on the contributions of master carver ʻEtua Turoa Tahauri, renowned for his pahu hula (dance drums). See story »


April 29, 2021

The history of May Day and Lei Day in Hawai‘i

Ever wonder why we celebrate May Day as Lei Day in Hawai‘i? This Cultural Conversations column contributed by KS Cultural Specialist Nanea Armstrong-Wassel gives us a look back at the origins of the annual May 1 celebration. See story »


April 27, 2021

Lei Pua Melia – Plumeria Lei, a favorite adornment in Hawai‘i

In honor of our islands’ upcoming May Day celebration, Kamehameha Schools Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK ’80 strings a special lei of mele and memories of the humble, yet beloved pua melia (plumeria). See story »


April 6, 2021

Lāʻau love: Let’s celebrate Native Hawaiian Plant Month!

This week’s Kūkahekahe – Cultural Conversations – column shows us ways that we can kōkua in the effort to make sure our lāʻau ʻōiwi (native plants) grow in our islands for many more generations! See story »


March 30, 2021

Woman’s History Month: Matriarchal power and language recovery in Alaska

Alaskan Natives La quen náay Liz Medicine Crow and ‘Wáahlaal Gíidaak Barbara Blake share the story of the decades-long race to preserve Alaska’s native languages – a struggle that mirrors efforts that have occurred to preserve ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i across our pae ‘āina. See story »


March 22, 2021

Prince Kūhiō: Ke Aliʻi Makaʻāinana – The Citizen Prince

Friday, March 26 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. In the spirit of celebration, KS Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK’80 reflects on Kūhiō’s life and moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) as part of the foundation which made his contributions to the lāhui so extraordinary. See story »


March 2, 2021

KS carves partnership with Polynesian Cultural Center

The mo‘olelo of KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 and Maōri master carver Jared Pere who collaborated to create a poupou – or ancestral post – as a tribute to esteemed Māori elder Sir Hector Busby. See story »


February 24, 2021

Indigenous Taiwan: Birthplace of Polynesian language and pacific navigation

The latest Pacific Conversations virtual talk show is now available on the Kaʻiwakīloumoku website. This month’s episode traces Hawai‘i’s ancient maritime and linguistic heritage to Taiwan. See story »


February 23, 2021

Local storytellers share the mo‘olelo of Kamapuaʻa, the shapeshifting demigod

Local filmmaker and producer Kaliko Maiʻi and artist Solomon Enos are collaborating with Kamehameha Schools Cultural Specialist Lāiana Kanoa-Wong, community advocate Ikaika Hussey and their families to produce a graphic novel about Kamapuaʻa, the shapeshifting demigod. See story »


February 18, 2021

‘Ono loa: A recipe for chicken lūʻau stew

‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i can live in your home with your ʻohana through delicious Hawaiian food! Here is a quick and easy recipe for chicken lūʻau stew. See story »


February 9, 2021

Keʻelikōlani: He meʻe ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi – A Hawaiian language hero

In honor of Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language Month), we honor those individuals who have cared for, strengthened and promoted the Hawaiian language for future generations. Among them is Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani. She is indeed a Hawaiian language hero! See story »


February 1, 2021

Perpetuating the Hawaiian language: KS staffer speaks ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i on ‘Family Feud’

We usher in Hawaiian Language Month by saying hulō (hurray) to KS Enrichment Program Manager Ashley Makahilahila who proudly introduced her ‘ohana to the world in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i on the game show “Family Feud.” See story »


January 27, 2021

Alaska native canoe legacy and ʻōiwi leadership

This month’s Pacific Conversations virtual talk show hosted by Snowbird Bento KSK'93 and Lāiana Kanoa-Wong features conversations with KS partners and ʻōiwi leaders. Learn about the gift from Alaska natives that started this amazing relationship! See story »


January 20, 2021

ʻŌiwi leadership and aloha ʻāina: Responses to the overthrow of Lili‘uokalani

The mo‘olelo of Hui Aloha ʻĀina and Hui Kālaiʻāina, two Hawaiian nationalist organizations established by Native Hawaiian political leaders in the aftermath of the overthrow. See story »


December 22, 2020

Paraoa parai – Māori fried bread

A friend of Ho‘okahua – Auntie Gina Harding of Aurere, Aotearoa – shares her recipe for paraoa parai – Māori fried bread – a family favorite. Palaoa palai (Māori fried bread in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi) could be a great addition to your dinner table! See story »


December 16, 2020

Preschool kumu Pūnua reflects on visits to Mauna ʻAla for Founder’s Day

KS He‘eia Preschool Kumu Anuenue Pūnua reflects on visiting the Royal Mausoleum at Mauna ‘Ala to honor Ke Ali‘i Pauahi as a Kamehameha student and in recent years with preschool keiki and their parents. See story »


December 1, 2020

Pacific Piko— Umbilical connections: KS tribal heritage in Aotearoa, Ngāti Ruawāhia

KS cultural staffers share memories of a pilgrimage to Aotearoa for the ceremonial opening of the Sir Hek Busby Kupe Waka Centre in Aotearoa, a sister center to the Ka‘iwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center at KS Kapālama. See story »


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