Kumu follows own kumu's 'path'

Kumu follows own kumu's 'path'

There are 11 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 31, 2008, titled Kumu follows own kumu's 'path'. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

De Silva's veterans join Merrie Monarch alumni returning to the festival STORY SUMMARY READ THE FULL STORY By Gary C.W. Chun [email protected] It will be a joining of the generations when Halau Mohala ...

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Mei Ling

Flagstaff, AZ

#1 Mar 31, 2008
I'm a hula haumana in the Maiki 'Aiu Lake tradition in Halau Hula Napuaokalei'ilima in AZ. What Kumu Mapuana says is so true. Aunty Maiki said that the halau is 'ohana and in that we take care of each other. Maika'i! Looking forward to watching the events from afar.
Dahmia

Cleveland, OH

#2 Mar 31, 2008
There are many hearts joining with Aunty Mapu around the continent and around the world as she stays true to tradition in her patient ways as she lives what she teaches - be smiling inside and out as you reach out to touch each member of our hula ohana.
Sangegosen

Portland, OR

#3 Mar 31, 2008
"I only teach Hawaiian dancing, the hula. If you want to learn Tahitian dancing go and find someone else to teach you." This was the opening statement on the first day of lessons with kumu hula Rose Kuamoo back in the late 40's. I learned the hula from her back then and although I never retained much, I will never forget the importance of true Hawaiian values she taught along with the dances.

Aunty Doty, malama pono and know that you are and always will be loved and that your hard work will is appreciated.

My mom spoke often of her younger days and the fun you both had playing together.
Wayne Sterling-Tahiti

Papeete, French Polynesia

#4 Mar 31, 2008
The ladies of the Sterling house, Paula, my wife and daughter's Lilinoe and Kapua have been members of Halau Mohala Ilima for a combined 38 years. What is most impressive to me is the character of the Halau, the cultural and educational values that are instilled in each of the dancers is profound and humbling. I am a proud husband and father who has been enriched year after year and will continue to enjoy all that Halau Mohala Ilima has to offer. Congratulations to all of the dancers, and as Mapu has always said "we dance not to compete but rather to share our love of the hula with each other". Enjoy the experience ladies. Wayne Sterling
Kawewehiokeana

Manassas, VA

#5 Mar 31, 2008
Mahalo for sharing this story about our kumu and our halau. My hula sisters and I are blessed to be able to study the rich tradition of Mapuana and Aunty Maiki,and we will get up in the middle of the night to share the performance of our kumu and sisters in Hilo via our computers. While we cannot be with them in person, we are certainly with them in spirit. Much aloha to all!
truehula

San Diego, CA

#6 Mar 31, 2008
Mapuana is a travesty to hula and Hawaii. She has done nothing but bring down the culture by selling uniki classes for 5000.00 a pop!
Freedom for All

Honolulu, HI

#9 Mar 31, 2008
As is always the case, with success comes the scrutiny of others; justifiable or not. It's unfortunate that some of you could harbor such ill feelings and let it fester without finding resolve. Either find some closure, or continue wallowing in your misery. Bet you feel pretty bold with the name-calling within the confines of blogs, eh!
Mikiala Catalfano

Redding, CA

#10 Mar 31, 2008
Aunty Mapu and Uncle Kihei knew that they would be scrutinized for offering 'uniki classes to students living off island. I commend their courage and offer testimony as a Hawaiian expatriate that this bold move on their part is serving a part of the Hawaiian community that for various reasons lives away from home.
Native people are constantly being asked in subtle social ways to conform to mainstream culture and ways even while evolving within it, and it is infinitely harder to maintain Hawaiian studies off island than in Hawai'i. Studying with my former kumu, even if it is only for one intense week a year, has helped me maintain a hold on what it means to be a hula dancer, a Hawaiian and a human being regardless of where I currently live.
Statistically, there are more Hawaiians living in California than Hawai'i. The internet is providing some means for maintaining connections between Hawaiians and home, and those, like my kumu, who offer other means to participate in our cultural heritage, make a huge difference to so many lives. Aunty Mapu has actually raised and shared Hawaiian culture with those who would study hard and be repositories of Aunty Maiki's legacy.
I can't speak for whatever causes you all to say what you're saying; I don't know anything about what has happened between you. But I do know that I was so homesick, I wanted to continue studying my culture and I reconnected with my kumu and my Hawaiian community, and it has done wonders for me and makes me very happy.
Not Important

Hoolehua, HI

#11 Apr 1, 2008
Cousins: You sound bitter. "Raped" is a pretty strong word and with its usage you've piqued my curiosity – you care to elaborate? If not, it's no big deal – I don't expect much from you anyway.

Truehula: What about the countless Kumu Hula and Hawaiian musicians who travel to the far east every year to hold clinics and concerts, "selling the culture" to the Japanese? In fact, there are Kumu (and non-Kumu who did not 'Uniki from anyone) that live there full-time or have Halau set up for Japanese to attend year round. I suppose you have issue with those people too?
ahuihou

Kent, WA

#12 Oct 29, 2013
You speak of my great grandmother rose kuamoo. I would like to know more about her. Please email me at [email protected] Patti
Sangegosen wrote:
"I only teach Hawaiian dancing, the hula. If you want to learn Tahitian dancing go and find someone else to teach you." This was the opening statement on the first day of lessons with kumu hula Rose Kuamoo back in the late 40's. I learned the hula from her back then and although I never retained much, I will never forget the importance of true Hawaiian values she taught along with the dances.
Aunty Doty, malama pono and know that you are and always will be loved and that your hard work will is appreciated.
My mom spoke often of her younger days and the fun you both had playing together.
Kawewehiokeana

United States

#13 Jan 20, 2014
Mahalo, Mikiʻala, for expressing this so eloquently... we couldnʻt have said it better ourselves... Kawehi & Kaʻohu...

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