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Wehena: Opening CeremonyAll Participants
Take part in the movement, as kāne from all islands garner their traditional wear and answer the call to put forth the very best during the ‘awa ceremony conducted by Hale Mua Kuali‘i. Held at Windward Community College, each island will showcase its best ha‘i‘ōlelo and hula hālau/oli/ha‘a. Experience the mana of kāne as they take center stage to inspire young and old in this sacred space of käne kuleana.


Mana: Supernatural or divine powerTommy Kaulukukui, Halealoha Ayau,
Dennis Kauahi & Kahu David Ka‘upu
Mana is both an abstract and concrete force that has direct and indirect influences. Inherited mana is transferred from the gods to mankind in continual processes that began at birth, ended with death and was also informed by the ancestral pedigree. Acquired mana was amplified through the process of seeking knowledge and wisdom. Join us for an in-depth conversation with some of Hawai‘i’s premier cultural practitioners and experts as they delve into the topic of mana and its relationship and function for kāne of today.


Hakukole: Sayings, Chants & Songs of RidiculeKeali‘i Reichel
This powerpoint presentation explores an often over-looked genre of Hawaiian poetry and slang - Hakukole. Issues of infidelity, sexual/physical inadequacy, stupidity, bad manners, irritation, sarcasm, dark humor and revenge are revealed through chant, songs, proverbs and gestures. No one was immune to being the object of a mele hakukole or hakukole-like saying. Chiefs, commoners, young, old, male or female. All were fair game in the battle of wits or expressions of negative emotions.


Wehewehe ka Ho‘ailona a me ka Moe ‘Uhane: Interpreting Omens and DreamsPuahi Chun
Ho‘ailona play an intricate part in the Hawaiian culture. Omens or portents may give us a peek into the future, an impending danger, or perhaps some ‘ike from your ‘aumakua. Learn about these important spiritual connections and how they relate into our everyday life.


Ha‘i‘ōlelo: The art of orationHiapo Perreira, Kalani Akana, Larry Kimura (Pending)
The art of oration is rooted in our ancient traditions and was a skill perpetuated by the ali‘i and kahuna classes. Ha‘i‘ōlelo was cultivated in the royal courts and used in public to recount our history, legends, and as a means to communicate with the multitudes concerning current events and/or issues important to the lāhui.


Ho‘oma‘ema‘e: Internal cleansing of the bowelsBula Logan
The cleaning out of the internal organs was and still is an essential part in keeping the body healthy. When sickness was identified in the body a cleanse was often performed to hasten the potency of the lā‘au. Cleanses were used to address headaches, backaches and “sour bowels.” Today they are used for skin disruptions, weight loss, fatigue and more. Begin your path in cleaning house.


Kaua Kio: Sham BattleHale Mua o Mauliloa & Nā Koa Kau I Ka Meheu o Nā Kūpuna

“Ka pōhaku i ka pōhaku. Ho‘okala ke ko‘i i ka hoana.”
Strike the stone to the stone. Sharpen the adze on the whetstone.
So a man sharpens himself against another man.

The preparation of the minds of Hawai‘i warriors was just as essential as the training of their bodies. Our ancestors cultivated this strategic thought process with the discipline of “Kaua Kio” otherwise known as Sham battle. A select group of discipline personnel have been chosen to demonstrate the tactics of this strategic discipline. Observe the courageous perseverance, the predatory fearlessness, and the intestinal fortitude that can only be honed on the field of conflict. Welcome to Hawai‘i, the battle field of the fighting roosters. As they unify to gather our Lehua, the first one fallen in battle.


Hula Traditions
Kimo Alama Keaulana, Nathan Napoka & Cy Bridges
We gather three of Hawai‘i’s most sought after hula experts to share their experiences, observations and hopes for the future. Facilitated by Keali‘i Reichel, this panel will focus on the role kāne have in Hula and some of the misperceptions that we as kāne must confront to reclaim our rightful place as cultural practitioners of this sacred dance.


Hale Hālāwai: Meeting House
Palani Sinenci & Hale Mua Kuali‘i
Lead by master builder Palani Sinenci and assisted by the men of Hale Mua Kuali‘i, the building of traditional hale was intrinsically kāne kuleana. This workshop will pull together the mana of our ancestors and strength of each kāne in hopes of reconstructing, rebuilding and reestablishing these basic skills as a provider.

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