Aerial view of Diamond Head crater in Oahu Hawaii

Kumulipo: Hawaiian Explication of Creation 

August 24, 2023, 3:00pm Eastern Time – August 24, 2023, 4:30pm Eastern Time

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“The Kumulipo articulates and reveals the connections of the sky and earth, the ocean and land, the land and man, the man and gods and returns again to repeat the cycle…The Kumulipo recognized that the interrelationship of all things is an everlasting continuum…The Kumulipo echoed the complexities and details of the Hawaiian thought process…Skillful observation and examination brought understanding and respect to everything in [the] world…All natural forms of [this] world were the beneficiaries of this primal cadence…The Kumulipo is the reality of our dim past, the foundation of our present and the pathway into the future.”  Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele

This learning opportunity to explores The Kumulipo, the Hawaiian understanding of the world as interconnected and intimate across all forms of being and nature. Speakers Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaole and Leahi Hall delve into their experiences.

Photo of Kekuhi KealiʻikanakaʻoleKekuhi Kealiʻikanakaole, an educator who has trained in the tradition of Hula ʻAihaʻa and Hula Pele chant and ritual and was ritually elevated to the status of Kumu Hula (hula master) of Hālau o Kekuhi by her mother, Kumu Hula Pualani Kanahele, and her aunt, Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaʻole. One of Kekuhi’s passions is strengthening the relationship between Hawaiʻi ecological wisdom and scientific wisdom. Kekuhi served as Senior Scholar at The Kohala Center for 20 years.  She works with some of Hawaiʻi’s most passionate committed conservation and restoration organizations, individuals and initiatives. Kekuhi continues to facilitate ways of improving how Hawaiʻi consciousness can work in harmony with science and technology consciousness for the wellbeing of Hawaiʻi and the world.

Photo of Leahi HallLeahi Hall, who is Kāko‘o for Hālau ʻŌhi‘a, which utilizes Lonoa Honua to connect people, places, and energies in the universe to one another through Hawai‘i life ways. Leahi is a graduate of Pūnana Leo and Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Maui Hawaiian language immersion programs. She received her undergraduate degree at Stanford University where she competed for a two-time Womenʻs Volleyball National Champion team. Leahi earned a doctorate with honors from Pepperdine University studying leadership, change, belonging and systems theory. 

Part of our Preparing for the Honolulu 2024 Annual Meeting webinar series