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September 28, 2021

‘Aha Moananuiākea partnership with Micronesia featured on Kaʻiwakīloumoku website

The new section educates our Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana and the broader Hawaiian community about the people, history, and culture of Micronesia. See story »


September 21, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Kaʻiwakīloumoku’s Anniversary – Lā Piha Makahiki He 9!

Get a glimpse of the opening ceremony of the Kaʻiwakīloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center, which “hooks” together communities and networks throughout Hawaiʻi, the greater Pacific and beyond. See story »


September 14, 2021

E heʻenalu kākou – Let’s go surf!

In this Kūkahekahe, cultural consultant Manu Boyd KSK’80 shares a bit of surfing history through mele. Once considered the exclusive privilege and pastime of aliʻi, expert athletes today compete in surfing on the world stage. See story »


September 7, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Ulana ʻie – The art of weaving

Cultural Specialist Kumulāʻau Sing KSK’89 shares information about ulana ʻie – the art of weaving – as well as the cultural significance of feathered war gods. See story »


August 24, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Duke Kahanamoku – Olympian and ‘Ambassador of Aloha’

This week’s Kūkahekahe column celebrates the birth and life of renown Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku! See story »


August 17, 2021

Kūkahekahe: An easy recipe for ‘ono vaifala

If you are looking for an easy and delicious drink for summer, look no further. In this Kūkahekahe we share a recipe for an ʻono drink made by our ʻohana in Samoa: vaifala! See story »


August 3, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Sail to the Kūpuna Islands, Papahānaumokuākea

In this Kūkahekahe article, Lucy Kanoelehua Lee KSK’19 reflects on “the perfect sail” – the Polynesian Voyaging Society training journey to sacred Papahānaumokuākea in June 2021. See story »


July 27, 2021

Pauahi’s treasured memories of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day

To celebrate and honor Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day, we rejoice in the words and remembrances of our beloved Ke Ali‘i Pauahi of that momentous day, and share mea makamae (treasures) from archival sources. See story »


July 20, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Carving a cultural connection

Cultural Specialist Kumulāʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on carving a special kānoa, ʻawa bowl, that was gifted to our Māori partners and extended family at the start of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. See story »


July 13, 2021

Kūkahekahe: Join the ‘Plastic-Free July’ movement

In this Kūkahekahe column, we encourage you to join “Plastic Free July,” a global movement to reduce the use of plastics and encourage sustainability at home and in the workplace. See story »


July 6, 2021

A cool summer: Poi smoothie bowl recipe

Here’s a refreshing recipe for those hot summer days, using frozen fruit, poi and the toppings of your choice! See story »


June 28, 2021

He wahi hoʻomanaʻo: Merrie Monarch memories

In this Kūkahekahe, Cultural Planning and Assessment Manager Miala Leong KSK’02 shares treasured memories of her hālau and participation in the annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition. See story »


June 22, 2021

Ka mana o ka lā: Sun power

In this Kūkahekahe article, KS Cultural Consultant Manu Boyd KSK ‘80 celebrates lā, the sun, and the upcoming summer. See story »


June 7, 2021

World Oceans Day 2021: Find learning resources on KS Digital Holomoana website

The KS Digital Holomoana website offers teachers and learners exciting resources on ocean voyaging and Moananuiākea, made possible by a collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. See story »


June 1, 2021

Gordon ʻUmi Kai: practitioner, artisan and kumu

In this Kūkahekahe Cultural Conversations story, KS Cultural Specialist and Kaʻiwakīloumoku carver Kumulaʻau Sing KSK’89 reflects on the ‘ike, or knowledge, passed down by his kumu Gordon ‘Umi Kai, a recognized ʻōlohe lua (master of traditional martial arts) and a respected cultural advisor. See story »


May 25, 2021

Educational series Lāhui Rising returns featuring canoe carver Alika Bumatay

The KS educational series “Lāhui Rising” returns in digital form with a video featuring renown canoe carver Alika Bumatay. See story »


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 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 »


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