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Friends of King Kaumuali'i
Honoring the Legacy of
Kauai’s Last King
ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia
No task is too big
when done together by all
Lectures and Workshops

The King is Home!

Register for Online Dedication March 31st, 2021

Kumu Kēhaulani Kekua mesmerizes the audience at MaiKaʻi Kauaʻi-He Inoa No Kaumualiʻi with two chants written to honor Kaumualiʻi linked by the ancient saying in both:Maika`i Kaua`i Hemolele I Ka Mālie” which celebrates the incomparable beauty, peace and excellence of Kaua`i Island. The first is a 19th century Mele Inoa written for King Kaumualiʻi by Kapaʻakea, father of King Kalakaua for his daughter-in-law Kapiolani, who is the Grand-daughter of King Kaumualiʻi. The second, written linked in 20th century by her Great-Grandfather, Henry Waiʻau. She shared her own continuing genealogical connection to Kauaʻi, music and hula which she carries forward from her grandmother. Her Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai shared a featured performance demonstration.

Kumu Kēhaulani, herself an accomplished artist, inspired Saturday workshop participants to create their own personal connection in a Culture to Canvas workshop: Painting the Aliʻi Spirit of Kaumualiʻi & Kauaʻi. The workshop theme is the foundation of Friends of King Kaumualiʻi Hoʻokupu Banner Project with schools creating Banners with a verse from mele as hoʻokupu for the statue dedication in Autumn. Teachers, students and interested public enjoyed this full house personal painting workshop.

View the 4 Part video of Kumu Kēhaulani’s Moʻokūʻauhau, the Kaumualiʻi Mele Inoa, and the story of the modern Maikaʻi Kauaʻi song, written by her great-grandfather.

He Inoa No Kaumualiʻi Maikaʻi Kauaʻi

Thursday, February 20, 2020; Chieffess Kamakahelei School 6:30pm

Kumu Kehau Kekua shares manaʻo on the deep ties between Kaumualiʻi and Kauaʻi based on his Mele inoa -part of which was later made popular by her grandfather in the Mele, Maikaʻi Kauaʻi.

Painting the Spirit of Kaumualiʻi; Saturday February 22 , 2020 at Studio Haʻa

Your donation will help maintain a full-sized bronze statue to honor the last reigning King of Kauai, Ali’i Nui Kaumuali’i.

The eight foot statue of the King has been installed at Pāʻulaʻula, Waimea.

- For Kauai Magazine -

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