The Meridian Schools so kindly invited Huraiti Mana back to participate in their amazing educational programs such as the annual Global Citizen's Symposium. The Meridian Schools faculty and staff believe "that the challenges of our world require culturally competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are prepared to be responsible and active local and global citizens. This symposium offers an opportunity to expose our students to leaders who promote local and global social change in many different ways. Through a variety of workshops, we seek to inspire and empower our students by learning how people help to improve conditions in their communities with everyday big and small contributions."
Huraiti Mana hosted a lei-making workshop focusing on the wili style in Native Hawaiian lei lā'ī or ti-leaf lei. First, we begin with our oli kahea, and entrance or permission chant. We center ourselves. Open ourselves to new wisdom and experience. Some students focused and closed their eyes while oli filled the room. Then, we agree upon ka papa oia'i'o: our values to care and be kind to our space, our environment. Take only what you need. To be kind to ourselves and give ourselves time; patience; and value the experience and our lei. Then, we create! And afterwards we ask: was it challenging? "Yes!" If you were to give others' your lei, would they understand or see how challenging it was? "Yes, maybe, no!" Our answers varied. Perhaps it is because they may not have experienced this process or seen this process before. It is important that we do experience other people's practices, even if for a moment, because it is not until we understand the experience - the spirituality of oli, the mālama or care for our land, the difficulty and labor of love in lei - that we understand the significance, the meaning, and the love of a people's tradition. We create empathy for people other than our own. And for those who are Native Hawaiian, we create empathy for ourselves and our people. It is with this kind of understanding we hope students and teachers carry forward in the world.
There were so many amazing artists I met in passing between our workshops, Roger with his captivating Native American Indian Story Telling, Nahaan with Carving and Design from Alaskan heritage (children carved using soap!), Arturo with Afro-Cuban drumming, and so many more. It is an honor to work within such a great program and community. Mahalo nui loa!
Mahalo nui to everyone who came out during the month of January 2018 to celebrate with Huraiti Mana in our first year anniversary! We shared in a little bit of Guava cake (after practice!) and talked story about our past year and looking forward to the next. It's great to see everyone meet each other and learn from each other. That's what community and culture is all about. That's what Huraiti Mana hopes to share with you! E manava, e komo mai. Hau'oli lā hānau e Huraiti Mana. Happy Birthday!
Online registration required for new dancers, open now!
Fee free to share this post with friends and family as we invite them to our month of free classes! Note: no practice Wednesday, January 3.
Now thru November 2018, visit the Wing Luke Museum and be transported from traditional museum galleries into a space that is very personal. Very vulnerable. Very warm and comforting. Step into this living room-style exhibit space featuring art installations of four different Pacific Islander artists. Perhaps the living room transports you to another world. Perhaps it reminds you of home, the way you remember it, as it was.
I am so honored to have had the opportunity to participate in creating this exhibit and weaving together lei to be shared with all who walk into the space. I feel what's most rewarding, is when I am able to give lei. To give lei to someone to celebrate them, to thank them, to love them. And the lei lives its purpose. To carry the aloha spirit, happiness, and mana from myself to someone else. I ask myself, how can I continue my indigeneity outside of the land to which I'm indigenous. Of my lei, though the pua and lau, the flowers and leaves, are of plants not native to Hawai'i, they still represent a Hawaiian tradition. And they speak of the land where I live, now. The Pacific Northwest. It is a sign of traditions adapting. It is a sign that the aloha spirit can live in many forms. It is indigenous to Hawai'i and transcends across all lands and people. And it continues to connect us all.
My visions for Pasifika? That all our huraiti, dancers, teachers, and artists, will in our own way perpetuate traditions and create new ones as we are each stakeholders in our communities. Join in this conversation and ask yourself, what do you envision for the future of our Pacific Island communities?
The Le brothers of goPoké kindly invited Huraiti Mana to perform at their first birthday celebration! The day kicked off with raffle prizes, giveaways, and rainbow cake from Cakes of Paradise. Festivities went on from 11:00AM - 808PM (shout out!). Congratulations to the Le borthers and their entire 'ohana for such a successful year. Their family's story is rich and full of triumph. We are all here, supporting the future of our communities, creating new traditions, and furthering our culture and history. Here, in Seattle. But we will always remember Hawai'i as the home of our hearts.
All are welcome to the Wing Luke Museum's Family Fun Day!
Event: Family Fun Day
Place: Wing Luke Museum 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10AM-5PM full of activities and film screenings (exact time of lei-making TBD)
Admission to the museum galleries are by donation all day!
The Wing Luke Museum will soon be opening its next Pacific Islander exhibit (opening on Thursday, December 7). Featured in the exhibit will be lei created by Kalei'okalani of Huraiti Mana and lei created by YOU! Join us as we learn how to craft orchid lei, ti-leaf lei, and more. Lei will then be displayed in the upcoming exhibit featuring Pacific Islander artists and exploring questions about the future of our Pacific Islander communities.
Join us for lei-making fun at one of Seattle's largest celebration of young ones.
"E na makemake 'oe e hana i ke kahi lei hana me ke aloha. If you're going to make a lei, make sure to make it, with love." - Kuana Torres Kahele, master lei maker and Native Hawaiian cultural ambassador
An entire year has gone by, and the International Examiner welcomed Huraiti Mana for its 25th Annual Community Voice Awards and 43rd Anniversary Benefit Dinner on September 21 at the Joyale Restaurant.
From all of us to all of you, we extend a warm aloha and congratulations to all of the awardees! Draped in Huraiti Mana orchid lei, the below were honored for their extensive and genuine support and advocacy for our communities.
Our huraiti (dancers) sincerely enjoyed themselves sharing our song and dance with so many different groups and communities at the Duwamish River Festival on Saturday, August 26. Amigos de Seattle, Seattle Thai Classical Music and Dance, and more were brought together to celebrate the hard work of the Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition.
Founded in 2001 by efforts of the community, this Seattle-based non-profit organization serves to restore and protect the Duwamish River while perpetuating the values and livelihood of the families and small businesses who live and work in the neighboring areas. With meaningful collaborations and research efforts, the coalition creates culturally-sensitive year-round programming including offering guided river tours, educational forums, habitat-restoration events, youth programs, and festivals such as the annual Duwamish River Festival.
To the team at the Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition, mauruuru roa for extending such a warm and welcoming invitation to Huraiti Mana! We are grateful to learn more about your mission and hope to continue to support in the years to come. Haere mua!
Join us at the Duwamish River Festival, Saturday, August 26, 2017!
We'll be performing hula and ori Tahiti (Tahitian) style dancing as a part of the community-wide celebration! Share with us in honoring the communities that have long lived along the Duwamish River and all of our indigenous communities. We're so honored to take part in such a festive event connecting people to each other and to the land from which we come and of which we need to take care.
Hope to see you there for food, games, prizes, activities, performances, and more!