Native Hawaiian Healing Arts, Cultural Festival & “Fun-raiser” for Kauila Clark
Saturday, December 1, 2012
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
I hope you were able to join us for this beautiful day in the heart of Wai’anae to reconnect with each other, and share in the energy and breath of music, movement, cultural wisdom, and food! It was an amazing day! and especially because Kauila Clark whom we honored was surprised and thrilled.
We started at 2 pm with an oli and blessing from Kauila. Kelly Stern on slack key was our MC. Keiki Hula from Halau Hula Olana performed their hearts out. And there were stories! Stories of growing up together from Leilani Collins, stories of Wai’anae over the years from Glenn Kila, lomi with Kumu Karen Carroll and Mark Saito. 808 Singers, our resident Native American singers and dancers performed, including a Hoop Dance. There was a pa’I’ai demonstration and tasting from Daniel Anthony, Kiawe tea and kiawe flour made right here in Wai’anae by Kana’I Dodge. One young man received a tattoo by Keone Nunes, right there on a mat. Keone’s students were all there to assist and refine their techniques.
Kawika Kahiapo played and played as the sun set.
It was, indeed, a Sunday afternoon in the backyard with family and friends.
And what a backyard! Many people who came to honor Kauila had not been up to the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. We are all amazing at the energies coming down from the mountains, powerful feng sui! We felt held and nurtured in the lush green around us and by the immense love for aloha and Kauila held in our hearts and shared that day with each other.
We are especially grateful to Down to Earth and the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for their sponsorship.
For Mark Ka’aha’aina, resident chef and Café Ka’aha’aina owner who made excellent and healthy food for us.
Friends of the Library from Wai’anae
Domestic Violence Action Center Hotline
All the Voyage of Aloha Community volunteers
Everyone who donated the RAFFLE items and SILENT AUCTION items: It was a success.
And, of course, everyone who came and shared their ALOHA with us.