Ho’ike Shares Hula, Crafts & Local Culture

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - September 09, 2009
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Ho’ike ‘Ike O Waianae was organized to perpetuate the pride and Hawaiian culture of the Waianae kaiaulu (community) with events such as the upcoming celebration at Makaha Resort and Golf Club.

The event, happening from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27, is one of many community activities the group has created to share and foster cultural practices.

Sharing their talents from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Makaha Terrace are the Kaiaulu Serenaders, Na Opio A Olelo Media, Halau Hula Ka Mamo O Kaala, Halau Ka Pua Hoolauna I Ka Hula, Halau Hula Ka Ala O Ka Lauae, Halau Hula Kaheaonalani, Halau Mapuna Leo, Greg Solomon, Kawai Ueoka and Mahealani Stillman. An indoor craft fair is scheduled in Kaiona Dining Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Kamaehu will perform from noon to 1 p.m. at Nalu Grill.


Shows at Makaha Terrace from 2 to 3 p.m. will include the always-lovely Halau Hula Na Pua A Lei.

Saturday concludes with a poolside dinner and show at Nalu Grill with entertainment by Halau Hula Kekaikuihala and Kimo Alama Keaulane Ka Lei Hulu. For dinner show reservations, call 695-7515.

“All the halau performing are based in Waianae,” said Kaimi Dung, co-chair of Ho’ike ‘Ike O Waianae.“With our events it’s always about supporting the community.”

The indoor craft fair continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. alongside a video presentation by Na Opio A Olelo Media Waianae from 9 to 10 a.m and a Quilt Exhibition and Lecture from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Makaha Terrace.

“Na Opio A Olelo Media Waianae is a Waianae summer program for the kids, and this year it was with the high school kids,” said Dung. “The kids really find themselves into the course, which is a Hawaiian values course. The video they’re presenting was their final project showing what they learned about our ahupua’a.”

Waianae Intermediate School band also will be making an appearance pool-side from 10 to 11 a.m.

“The band needs money to buy marching uniforms, so this will help them raise money,” Dung added. “Our organization will provide them some assistance, but we’ll also be asking for donations at the event.”

Another opportunity to get involved is the G.I.V.E. (Get Involved Volunteer Environmentally) MA’O Community Workdays. G.I.V.E Days combine service learning and fun, as volunteers work together to plant new fields, weed and harvest.

The next scheduled work-day takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27. Volunteers are asked to dress for working in the fields (long pants, shoes, hat) and to bring a water bottle and a favorite dish for the pau hana potluck.

To reserve a space at G.I.V.E. Day, call 696-5569. To obtain an Education Resources Request form, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MA’O Farm is at 86-210 Puhawai Road in Waianae and operates in cooperation with Leeward Community College student interns.

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