Haʻakūmalae announcements

Haʻakūmalae is the official orchestration of the Hawaiʻ i protocols leadership at Hawaiʻ i Community College and the University of Hawaiʻ i at Hilo. As an active member at our Hawaiʻi Community College and in the Hawaiʻi Island Community there are many opportunities and events for engagement in these activities.

Haʻakūmalae Activity & Announcements:

April 2014

  • Week of April 20-26, 2014

Merrie Monarch Festival

This year commemorated the 51st Anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival held annually in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Throughout this week in April 2013 Haʻakūmalae participation at events included the Merrie Monarch Festivals opening ceremony at Afook Chinen Civic center on April 20, 2014; an Unukupukupu hula performance on Tuesday afternoon at the Naniloa Hotel; participation in ‘Imiloa discussion sessions; volunteer ushering at the Edith Kanaka’ole Multipurpose Stadium; and cultural & economical support of vendors, dancers and hālau.  

  • April 16th, 2014

Mō Ka Piko: Piʻopiʻo Hale and Waihonua Media Center

  • April 21st, 2014

Kīpaepae Welina: Te Waka Huia

A welcome was held to warmly receive Te Waka Huia, the Aotearoa National Tapa Haka Champions, to the Hawaiʻi Community College campus. They spent the late morning and early afternoon exchanging songs, dances and stories with the facult, staff, and students of our college. Te Waka Huia were visiting Hilo to participate in Hōʻike night for the Merrie Monarch Festival 2014.

May 2014

  • May 7th, 2014

Kīpaepae Welina: Student Recognition Ceremony

At the Student recognition Ceremony a kīpaepae opened the event in honor of affirming our students in their dedication and hard work through the year. As they were recognized in their achievements on the evening of Wednesday, May 7, 2043 at the UH Hilo Cafeteria there were many faculty, staff and family members in attendance witness the proceedings.

  • May 8th, 2014


Māweke is a rites of passage for graduates done during sunrise in Hilo. This ceremony moves to gear graduates, family, and community towards the opening of the door that ushers the student to becoming a graduate. It is held at Mokuola the traditional grounds of the māweke here in Hilo. This is an annual event held for participating college and community graduates and has been hosted by the Hawaiʻi Life Styles program for the last 17 years.

  • May 9th, 2014


This year marked the 2nd annual Māmoe ceremony. Māmoe is a native Hawaiian ceremony that honors the setting of the sun in recognition of the academic journey for all our learners of our West Hawaiʻi campus and communities. As the sun sets and plunges the world into night, the time of the graduates comes to a new space of awareness and activity through which their academic journey will play a role in their movement and influence in our communities.

  • May 15, 2014

Hawaiʻi Community College Annual Model Home Blessing 2014

ATE: Applied Technical Education student construction. A ceremony to open and bless the annual model home. This home is constructed as a culmination of the ATE program students & instructors’ skills and learning in conjunction with DHHL as an opportunity to gain valuable experience through contributions to our local community.

  • May 16, 2014

Hawaiʻi Community College Commencement   Hilo, Hawaiʻi

The Edith Kanakaʻole Multi-Purpose Stadium plays host to commencement activities as it has for numerous years. Please join us in honoring our graduates by bearing witness at this year’s commencement. Your voices, energy and presence were an integral addition to the evening.

  • May 17, 2014

West Hawaiʻi Commencement activities for this 2013-2014 Academic School year will occur at the Hilton Waikoloa. The graduates of West Hawai’i and their families will attend a wonderful commencement ceremony supported by our faculty, staff, and community.

  • May 19-24, 2014

WiPC:E – World indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

Hawaiʻi will be hosting WiPC:E 2014 on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi from May 19th-24th, 2014 at Kapiʻolani Community College. A group of over 50 individuals from both Hawaiʻi Community College and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will be attending the proceedings through the week. This group, in collaboration with Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō and his family, will participate in the Opening Keynote address through the active engagement of a kīpaepae welina.

For additional information regarding Haʻakūmalae activities, please contact Uluwehi (Jacqueline Van Blarcom) at blarcom@hawaii.edu.

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