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Hawaiian Culture Event - July
Hawaiian Culture Event - Kumu Keala Ching
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Kahu Kahealani Kawaiolamanaloa Satchitananda
Kumu Keala Ching is a composer, song writer, and spiritual advisor to many Hawaiian organizations. Kumu Keala lives and breathes aloha into his Hawaiian heritage with his strong presence and great heart.
Growing up on the island of O'ahu, Keala Ching began his hula training as a dancer with the Men of Waimapuna under the direction of the late Darrel Ihi'ihilauakea Lupenui. In 1999 he became a practitioner of Ho'oponopono with Kupuna Malia Craver, a cultural specialist at the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's center. He is a graduate of University of Hawaii, Manoa with a degree in early childhood education.
Under the tutelage of Loea Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Keala has spent many years learning and building his knowledge. Recently he graduated in the 'uniki rites to be a kumu hula. He is fluent in the Hawaiian language, which he uses as the foundation for teaching all of his students.
He currently lives in Kailua-Kona, where he is Kumu Hula for Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola. As a composer of chants and mele, he travels the world to share hula. Kumu Keala is Co-founder and Executive Director of Na Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation. He is also Kumu Hula and cultural advisor to Halau Na Wai Ola in Sunnyvale, California, - Kumu Hula Ka'ai Isa-Kahaku; Halau Na Wai Pana o Keala - Kumu Yukari Uchio; Halau Na Wai Ola o Keala - Kumu Kazumi Chiwacchi both in Japan; and Halau Na Wai`Ohi`a - Kumu Noelle Delaquis in Zurich, Switzerland.
Kalani's series of Hawaiian Culture Events feature a different Hawaiian cultural practitioner who speaks and shares 'ike (wisdom) through talk story, hō`ike`ike (demonstration), or hana`ana (performances).
These Hawaiian Culture Events provide a unique forum where Hawai`i and its peoples can come together and share cultural knowledge, customs, and aloha to all willing to receive.
Admission: Donations Gratefully Accepted