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KEALI‘I REICHEL and KOA HEWAHEWA in PI‘IHOLO

When:     Tuesday, July 10, 2018 ...Ua Pau...
Where:    Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū (Tram Station)

Koa Hewahewa, Director of Forestry Operations for Hōkūnui Maui, LLC and kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel were the featured speakers at the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s Talk Story social, Tuesday, July 10. Their presentation highlighted their collaboration in reforesting a native ecosystem as part of the construction of a new permanent home for Hālau Ke’alaokamaile on four acres of donated land in Piʻiholo. We learned of the vision, the plans and an update on their progress which included the challenges of describing the kinship between culture, community, location and sense of place.

This effort links culture and agriculture. And it deepens the practices of hālau, because it gets the dancers into the dirt where all of our power comes from. Every chant that we do, everything we chant about, our pule, all has to do with the forest and with the plants that we chant about. It’s all elemental. The big goal is to get this statewide. Hālau contribute to the well being of the community, hālau are a big source of pride, they have huge workforces, it’s not just the dancers, it’s the families that support them and the families that extended that support them and then the community that sees their work.

No-host cocktails and networking began at 5:30 pm at the Maui Tropical Planation (Tram Station) in Waikapū. A wonderful dinner was catered by Ariaʻs Restaurant of Wailuku. 


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