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 Kaimi 08 Eo Emmalani

Ka `Imi Na`auao O Hawai`i Nei Institute

…means to search for the truth of the Hawaiian culture. Through hula, we help restore the culture to its original dignity. We teach how to understand, enjoy, and appreciate the medicine, science, art, language, crafts, philosophy and religion of the Hawaiian people.

“E Mau Ke Ea, E Mau Ke Ola” Let the spirit live; may life and health flourish”


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Keahualaka, A Door to Hawaiian Spirituality

Keahualaka is an ancient place of significance tucked into the cliff near Makana Peak in the Ke`e heiau complex.  Buy your copy of the DVD for $20 plus shipping.  Learn More 

Hawaiians as Scientists,
“He Mele No Kane”

‘Hawaiian style’ lesson plans DVD including Teachers Study Guide
This innovative teaching tool promotes cultural learning through films and photo of traditional chant and hula combined with related lesson plans, geared to elementary through middle school classes.   $15 plus shipping.   Learn more…

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Annual Blessing for Conservation agencies and Pōhaku Hula workday

Annual Blessing for Conservation agencies and Pōhaku Hula workday

By  Keahi Manea Since early 2012, Ka `Imi Institute members have collaborated with Kaua`i Forest Bird Recovery Project to provide a blessing for the Project’s spring research season. Dr. Cali Crampton, Project Director, requested the first blessing as they planned the...


In Hawai`i, winter solstice occurs in 2020 just after midnight on Dec. 21: 12:02 a.m. Since the longest daylight of the year occurred, measured during the summer solstice in June, daylight has been shortening–sunset by sunset–until winter solstice arrives now, giving the shortest period of daylight of the year.

19th Century Hawaiian Language Manuscript

Printed copies of the two hand written booklets which comprise the “19th Century Hawaiian Language Manuscript”    are available through the University of Hawai`i Library system.  For information about how to access copies on O`ahu, Maui College and UH Hilo, go to the University of Hawai`i at Manoa Library website.  Contact a Hawaiian collections librarian listed on the site for access to the title “19th Century Hawaiian Language Manuscript”.

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Annual Blessing for Conservation agencies and Pōhaku Hula workdayBy Keahi ManeaSince early 2012, Ka `Imi Institute members have collaborated with Kaua`i Forest Bird Recovery Project to provide a blessing for the Project’s spring research season. Dr. Cali Crampton, Project Director, requested the first blessing as they planned the release of 22 critically endangered puaiohi, the small Kaua`i thrush, into the Alaka`i Wilderness Preserve. These captive-bred birds had been hatched and hand reared in San Diego Zoo Global funded Bird Conservation Centers in Makawao, Maui and Keauhou, Hawai`i. The puaiohi release was intended to strengthen the severely diminished Kaua`i flock. Dr. Crampton and the Project staff wanted to provide every possible advantage for survival of the birds, and this included a culturally appropriate blessing ceremony. The first blessing occurred in February of 2012 at Kalalau lookout in Kōke`e State Park and included chanters, dancers, conservation agency staff and volunteers. An article and photos of the ceremony appeared in the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Conservancy “Notes From the Field” spring newsletter. The newsletter notes, “What is heartening is how much Hawaiians here want the puaiohi to survive and thrive. On this day of celebration their songs and dances invoked the protection and goodwill of the gods and elders for the birds and their habitat as well as for the biologists who work to conserve them. One lovely poetic song, or mele, written especially for the event, directly addresses the puaiohi and blesses the release”. Thus began a tradition of annual spring blessings for conservation agencies working in the Alaka`i Wilderness environment. Over the years, the blessing expanded to include Kōke`e Resource Conservation and the Kaua`i Invasive Species Committee and community volunteers, who after completion of the ceremony would participate in a forest weed-clearing workday at an area of the Kōke`e Forest called Pōhaku Hula. Through an “Adopt- a- Park” agreement with the Hawai`i State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ka `Imi Institute has cleared invasive weeds and reforested indigenous plants in the Pōhaku Hula site for more than a decade. The most recent blessing event was held on a beautiful but chilly morning in February, 2021 at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow. `Ōlapa (dancers) and ho`opa`a (drummers) dressed in double pā`ū over leggings and long sleeved shirts with jackets for extra warmth performed oli, mele and hula to honor Akua, `aumakua and kūpuna and request continued inspiration from Laka and protection for the flora and fauna from invasive species and storms. Each agency expressed goals for the spring season and the coming year, with statement of group affirmation for accomplishment of the goals. This expression serves to educate all present about the collective conservation work occurring the Alaka`i and Kōke`e State Park habitats. Following this blessing, 11 Ka `Imi Institute members and 3 Kōke`e Resource Conservation staff worked at Pōhaku Hula (so named for it’s historic significance in the 1871 trek of Queen Emma into the Alaka`i Swamp) to clear a total of 1,316 weeds, (Yes, we count them) including ginger, guava, blackberry and honeysuckle from an area covering nearly a quarter of an acre. Participants planted 12 native plants, including pilo, naupaka, maile and `uki`uki. Previous plantings are thriving and new maile and ferns are sprouting in abundance. It is rewarding to spend time caring for this beloved site that has been a part of our hula world for so long. Kumu (teacher) Roselle introduced haumāna (students) to this site in the late 70s to teach how to identify and care for plants used for adornments for performances and ceremonies. Hula people depend on the forest for adornment, so having a small patch of forest to mālama (care for) helps us understand the relationships of the plants we use. Remember, flora and fauna are interconnected. Loss of or threat to one native species affects the balance of all the others. As hula people, we tend to focus on the plants, but the plants depend on the birds for pollination, spreading seeds and insect control, and the birds need plants for shelter, nesting and food. If one element is in trouble, all are. Here is a challenge to hula kumu and haumāna: adopt a forest or coastal area to mālama. It will enrich your hula knowledge, inspire your creativity and help fulfil your kuleana (responsibility) of stewardship of the `āina (land). Contact the Department of Land and Natural Resources office in your county, or other official state, county or city agency in your area and ask about opportunities for your group to adopt and care for a specific area. #405 “Hahai nō ka ua i ka ululā`au. Rains always follow the forest. “ `Ōlelo No`eau, Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings. Mary Kawena Pukui ... See MoreSee Less
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Ka 'Imi Na'auao - In Dialog with Hawaii e.V. - the European Partner of KAIMI Institute has been organizing performances of Hiroyo Kitao in Germany in the past years. Now we pulled together a workshop through ZOOM offering the possibility to learn from an exceptional performance artist. It is an opportunity not only, but especially for dancers to broaden perspective and connect in these times. English info on www.omna-institut.de/en/shintai-goto/ ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Join us for a conversation about Kauai Forests ... See MoreSee Less
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BE AS OBSERVANT AS THE ANCIENT HAWAIIAN SKYWATCHERS: With the arrival of the winter solstice, we're challenging our members/friends to be aware of Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, as The Shortest Daylight Day.of the Year in the northern hemisphere (Longest Daylight Day in the southern hemisphere). Also, watch for a rare sky event: the "Great Conjunction" (or "Christmas Star") of Jupiter and Saturn "shining together" in the night sky. For more on Ka `Imi Institute's study of Hawaiians as scientists through "Project Lokahi," check out the current website posting keyed to this subject. You might also like www.space.com/great-conjunction-jupiter-saturn-christmas-star-2020-nasa-tips ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Ka`imi members from California express their appreciation for this year's virtual Emalani Festival see more on www.Kaimi.org :"A joy to watch. Beautifully presented. Brought back memories of how special it was to be there in 2018. So fun to watch Roselle and Sharon talk about horseback riding.” – Cynthia Meigs (horsewoman)“What an honor to witness the reenactment of Queen Emma's journey in Kaua`i to discover healing, love, and beauty. The virtual program captures the beautiful Aloha of Hawaii conveyed in mele, oli, and Hula. The production is therapeutic during these challenging times. I had sweet dreams after watching the show! I think everyone who loves Hawaii would find the show inspiring while learning about the history of Queen Emma. I am a new student of Kumu Lynn in California, so this is my first time watching the E o Emalani Festival. Thank you for creating and sharing––so enchanting!” – Deanna Lutzeier ... See MoreSee Less
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