MONDAY, May 26th At 7:00 PM & FRIDAY, May 30th At 5:30 PM –Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53 THURSDAY, May 29th At 8:30 PM & FRIDAY, May 30th At 8:30 AM –Kaua`i – Ho`ike, Channel 52 “Keeping The Old Ways Alive – A Visit With Kumu John Keola Lake”
A true living legend, Kumu John Lake, who passed away recently, lived his heritage.
For more than four decades he shared his knowledge of Hawaiian language, hula and chant. And he did it with a geniality that drew people to him, that makes you recall the kupuna of old.
Because of his deep love for the culture, it came out in his personality, the way he taught and shared information. He made you want to be informed and live it that way yourself.
Why then is it so important to bring the knowledge of the past to the present? What messages do our ancestors have waiting for us to learn today?
Join us in our visit with Kumu Lake, an incomparable wellspring of knowledge who made a priceless impact on so many, as he shows us why the lessons of old are the keys to success for our Nation today.
MONDAY, MAY 26th At 6:30 PM –Maui – Akaku, Channel 53 “Eyes Of The Kupuna – A Visit With Aunty Pele Hanoa”
Imagine living next to a beautiful black sands beach, a place you’ve lived your entire life.
Nature is at your door. The ocean, the beach, endangered turtles use the area coming ashore to breed.
Now also imagine tour buses pulling up next to your home and brining one thousand tourists a day. That’s right, one thousand tourists every single day.
Tourists who harass the turtles, steal the sand for souvenirs, leave litter, and behave obnoxiously.
How would you like to put up with that every day of your life?
Aunty Pele does.
Born and raised in Punalu`u, she’s a prime example of old Hawai`i - staying on the land where you were born, because you were taught from an early age to malama the `aina – care for your ancestral land.
All around her things are changing – and not for the better. Multi-national corporations building developments on the shore and then stealing the water from agricultural lands for their projects.
Yet none of this stops her.
Be sure and catch our visit with Aunty Pele. You’ll be as inspired as we were by this remarkable kupuna who stops at nothing and whose message is one you’ll long remember – “We accepted everyone who came to Hawai`i. Now they should reciprocate by protecting and caring for what we have.”
SATURDAY, May 31st At 8:00 PM –O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53 “Kukulu Kumu Hana O Punalu`u – A Visit With Sheryl Waimakalani Iona”
“We don’t say no, we just say come.”
With those words Kukulu Kumu Hana O Punalu`u, a two week residential summer cultural immersion program for children of Ka`u district on Hawai`i island was born.
Kukulu kumu hana, which means to pool one’s thoughts to solve common problems, brings children down to the beach at Punalu`u to discover who they are and their connection to the `aina.
Started by the late Keola Hanoa, Sheryl Iona stepped in after her cousin’s passing. She had big shoes to fill, but for Sheryl, that was no problem at all.
She tells us, “We share with them who we see they’ll become. They always end up being it, having pride in themselves, their culture and their ancestors.”
Participants now come from all over the island, even foster children, to learn respect, values, commitments and to malama (care for) each other and the `aina.
With the original students now acting as teachers, the circle keep growing as participants learn the cultural importance of cleaning the land, planting, and rising early each morning, chanting to greet the sun.
You’ll be as moved as we were in our amazing visit with Sheryl as she shares with us the secret of her success - “We love these children no matter what and see them as they are. In the end, they always leave feeling good about themselves and their future.”
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