Homeward Bound – Hana Hou! Magazine

Homeward Bound – Hana Hou! Magazine

Hana Hou! Magazine Homeward Bound Story by Shannon Wianecki Story by Shannon Wianecki Photo by Sue Hudelson In 1975 a resolute kumu hula (hula teacher) named Roselle Bailey took on the restoration of Keahualaka, an ancient hula amphitheater on Kaua‘i that had fallen...
Aloha Africa

Aloha Africa

Aloha Africa 2009: A Rewarding Experience I am so fortunate to be able to give the gift of hula.  I have had a handful of inspiring na kumu hula (hula teachers). But, my main resource, Roselle Keli’ihonipua Bailey has been the most inspirational kumu hula in my life....
Re-capping “On Education & Respect”

Re-capping “On Education & Respect”

By Dawn F. Kawahara | June 2008 Published in Kauai’s Hawai`i State Teachers – Retired Newsletter 2nd Place in the National League of American Pen Women – Honolulu Branch prestigious biennial Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competition. Copyright June 2008,...

Letter in support of Vaka Taumako

Letter to Solomon Islands Ministry of Education in support of the Vaka Taumako Project’s application for renewal of its research permit Aloha, In 1976, for the first time in centuries, a voyaging canoe sailed from Hawai`i to Tahiti.  Its hull was fiberglass, its...

My Impressions of India

My Impressions of India by Lynnie – Kananiokeanuenue – July 2007 On our last evening in India, in the last hour of our bus tour of hundreds of miles , as the sun was setting in the sky and upon our long journey, Roselle commanded us to take out a piece of...

My Experience with Aloha Africa

My Experience with Aloha Africa – A Cultural Exchange by Jessi Jardin When Isa Maria asked me to participate in a cultural exchange with Ghana, I said “yes” without reservation. ALOHA AFRICA was a collaboration of Ernest Borlabi Borketey, master drummer from...
Anna’s Hawaii Experience

Anna’s Hawaii Experience

Dear Roselle, When you asked us: “What did you learn?” — it was your last question in a long row of question regarding our two-week trip to Hawaii. That was not just a trip but a cultural journey. Learning about Hawaiian culture, in this case, meant learning...
Hula Sisters from Germany

Hula Sisters from Germany

Last week’s visit from our Hula Sister from Germany was a welcoming experience in my life. I greatly enjoyed speaking (and singing) German again and connecting with new and old friends, realizing that I already felt quite a deep connection with those who danced...
Letter from Debra Silverman

Letter from Debra Silverman

What a magical day that was the weather had us snuggled in close we were watching and enjoying and sensing the invisible spirits smiling as once again our kumu and her kumu and her students and all the invisible ancestors shared the joy of hula. This shot captured the...

Letter Sent to the Garden Island Newspaper

Aloha tatou, Like many cultural organizations, Ka ‘ Imi Na’ auao o Hawai’ i Nei resembles an iceberg in that at least 90% of its substance lies below the surface. Too often the visible 10%, our performing halau hula, gets 90% of the attention. To...