I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles Fall Hōʻike and Kīpaepae
By: Sean Nāleimaile
I Ola Hāloa hosted our annual Fall 2011 end of semester hōʻike. This year’s event was an extraordinary one because it was the first hōʻike held at our new facility, Papa ʻĀ Hale. One of the special moments for this yearʻs event was the mass kīpaepae held at the start of hōʻike to welcome the ʻohana, new learners, friends, and all to the event. All visitors and new learners were invited to enter on to Kapakapaka Malae, being chanted in by learners from the Hula class with a mele komo.
Current learners and faculty, and staff provided a chant to welcome all members to the malae and the activities commenced. The learner’s ʻohana took their seats and the new learners were invited by faculty to gather and begin to share what they had been introduced to over the course of the semester.
As with all HLS hōʻike, new learners participate in a kīhei ceremony and faculty and staff of HLS welcome them into this new journey by tying-on their kīhei. As the ʻoli was chanted, each new learner began their process of transformation.
Once the learner’s proudly wore their kīhei, they shared what they have been learning in their classes. As ʻohana and others quietly and attentively observed, learners and faculty provided appropriate ʻoli to welcome kūpuna to this event.
Festivities continued as music played, performed by learners and invitees were invited to partake in the massive amount of food that had been brought by each family.
As the evening activities continued, learners in HLS classes shared a little of their learning from the past semester as ʻohana enjoyed food, music, and dance.
This year’s event was extremely successful and staff estimates attendance at well over 300 people. Despite a welcome down pour of rain, the event was an auspicious evening to the journey these new learners were undertaking. HLS would like to thank all that participated and provided assistance in making this event successful. We look forward to the new semester and our annual Spring māweke (graduation ceremony).
Please visit our webpage http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/humd/humhls/Welina.html for more photos of our Fall hōʻike, as well as other news and events at Hawaiʻi Life Styles.