Hula, arts, forest restoration, feeding community, working the land (which heals her) and experiencing culture provide a focal point for learning to be good stewards and humans. These things contribute to the health, well-being of all of us and the community. Our Halau/Center/Hula Platform is just one thread in this immense tapestry that Hōkū Nui encompasses! The weave of the whole needs to be tight. Then all becomes more beautiful, clear and functional.Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel
Keali‘i Reichel established the Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile to perpetuate the Hawaiian tradition, culture and heritage through its arts, beliefs, dance and language.
As the hālau moves forward to new heights, a hālau hula facility will support, enrich and inspire its outstanding program for many years to come. This special project is an important step towards realizing the vision of the future for this fine hālau. In this way, we honor the legacy and brilliance of those who came before us.
Keali‘i Reichel has been at the forefront in the revival and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. He is a world class performer, best-selling recording artist, multiple award-winning kumu hula, prolific composer, renowned chanter, choreographer, dancer, weaver, scholar and teacher.
In May 2011 he was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. He was honored for a lifetime of achievement based on all facets of Hawaiian music, chant, and hula. Despite critical acclaim and fame, Keali‘i Reichel is a Kumu Hula at his core. His commitment to the continuation of his ancestors’ teachings and values continues today in the lives of his students.
Halau Ke‘alaokamaile has succeeded on so many levels, yet has never had a permanent home. The Frost Family and Hōkū Nui Maui are honored to be able to help the vision of creating a physical home and place for the community to learn, honor, embody the legacy of Hawaiian knowledge, by gifting the Halau 3.5 acres upon which to set the tap root and allow it to take root. Together we will establish a cultural resource center that will bring great pride to Maui. This ambitious endeavor will be the first of its kind on Maui.
“As po‘e hula (hula practitioners), we cannot help but revel in the brilliant creativity of our kūpuna. Our thoughts invoke their lessons. Our voices carry their power. Our bodies become their vessels. We bridge the past to the future. Such is the power, purpose and function of hālau – the singular place where our collective breaths and individual lives converge. Each and every one of us consciously choose to walk this ancient path – and in doing so, ensure the cultural heritage of our future generations. I am thankful, honored and humbled to share my life and path as we embrace all that the ancients offer us …” —Keali‘i Reichel
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