|Halau Hula O Leionalani at the public opening of Ke Ola Pu'uhonua in Nā'ālehu on Saturday. Photo by Lee McIntosh|
PUBLIC OPENING OF KE OLA PU'UHONUA CULTURAL GARDENS, on the grounds of Punalu'u Bakeshop in Nā'ālehu, drew family and community members to enjoy hula from Halau Hula Leonalani
|Kumu Debbie Ryder with woven gift baskets and local |
fruits at the fundraiser on Saturday. Photo by Julia Neal
under the direction of Kumu Debbie Ryder.
Music filled the air from Demetrius Oliveira, Gene Beck and Hulali. Uncle Chucky Leslie provided education in fisheries. Kupuna Linda Saffery taught lauhala and makaloa weaving. Kupuna Bully Davies demonstrated coconut weaving; and Uncle Waltah Wong's traditional hale was featured.
Ke Ola Pu'uhonua will be open to the public and visitors with performances by the halau and cultural presentations on a regular basis. The gardens include many native plants and trees. The program is headed by Kawehi Ryder and Kumu Hula Debbie Ryder.
The event on Saturday included fundraising for an educational journey and performance by halau members who will travel to Japan in July. To donate, contact Debbie Ryder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Dancing on the hula platform with its rock walls at Ke Ola Pu'uhonua public opening. Photo by Julia Neal|
|Students of Halau Hula O Leionalani are raising money to travel to Japan in July. Photo by Lee McIntosh|
|Families like the Ortegas are gathering community support to send keiki of Halau Hula O Leionalani to Japan for a cultural|
tour and to dance hula there. They took their appeal to the opening of the cultural gardens with this photo display.
|Take a survey on the impact of wild goats and other|
ungulates on ranching and farming. Photo from DLNR