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Mauli Ola Hawaii Symposium features ‘Ike Kūpuna – Navigating the 21st Century
Kauai Wellness Expo on January 28 & 29, 2017

Ike Kūpuna – Wisdom from our Ancestors. Thoughtfully gathered contemporary adepts of Hawaiian culture, heritage, and traditions will offer hands-on, interactive, and useful presentations.

On Saturday 28th 9:00am – 5:00pm

9:00am – ʻIke Kūpuna Wisdom of our Ancestors to Navigate the 21st Century, Ka’eo Bradford
9:30am – Aloha 365: Aloha from Hawaiʻi’s Own, Noelani Arista*
10:15am – Mo’okuahau: Nurturing Ancestral Connections, Kula Shumacher
11:00am – Wairua and Ho’omana: Spirit and Spirituality, Moke Ka`apana
11:45am – Lāʻau Lapaʻau: Foods & Medicine, Char Akina *
1:00pm – Hula: Āina to Table: Eat what you Sow, Chef Robert Kealoha Domingo*
2:00pm – Ho`oponopono: in the 21st Century, Leialoha Sanchez
3:00pm – Life is the dancer, Kumu Hula Kaua`i`iki

*Lectures from off-island

Full Expo 2017 Schedule 


Kula SchumacherKula Schumacher
Kauai Born Native Hawaiian. Mookuhauhau – Genealogy interest came by the direction of my Kupuna – Tutu Delia Kuu-ipo-ina-lua-o-lei-loke-o-ke-ahi-o-pele Adolpho. I have been practicing this cultural tradition for 40 years. Our genealogy spans from the Big Island of Hawaii to Niihau.
For more information on genealogies: (808) 652-3954.
Email: kanekula56@gmail.com


Char AkinaChar Akina
I am Native Hawaiian, born in Honolulu and raised on the slopes of Papakolea. My interest in traditional healing practices was sparked as I worked with the Senior Nutrition Programs on Hawaii Island. After being out of college for more than 18 years, I decided to return to academia and strive to earn a degree. In 1988 I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology with a specialization in Pacific Basin Health History. My focus was to become a researcher and I immediately flew to Washington DC, two days after graduation. I worked at the Smithsonian Institutions through the Native American Programs.

My manao has been gleaned through numerous conversations with the wise kupuna from Kohala to Naalehu, Kona to Hilo and Kapaahu. I give honor to Papa Henry Auwae of the Big Island, Aunty Minnie Kaawaloa and Uncle Harry Mitchell of Keanae Maui. I continue to share and pass on the knowledge and experiences generously bestowed to me with students, young and old and all who wish to glimpse into the past of “the old days.”

For more information: (808) 235-7428. Email: cmakina@hawaii.edu

Noelani AristaNoelani Arista:
Is a Kanaka Maoli Assistant professor of Hawaiian and U.S. History at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. Her current work focuses on 19th century Hawaiian intellectual history, governance and law. She is working with other scholars to actively develop methods for working in Hawaiian language textual archives. Noelaniʻs favorite project outside of academia is as administrator and main contributor to the popular Facebook group 365 days of aloha that introduced a new Hawaiian word of the day, along with a popular song or chant and images that help us to imagine the Hawaiian world of desire, sex, affection and love as a way to heal and cope with the everyday stresses of life.

Her dissertation, “Histories of Unequal Measure: Euro-American Encounters With Hawaiian Governance and Law, 1793-1827,” won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians for the best dissertation written on an American subject in 2010, and will be published by Penn Press.

For more information: Email: noelaniarista@gmail.com


Kumu Hula Kaua`i`iki OloresKumu Hula Kaua`i`iki Olores:
Has over 40 years of experience as a practitioner of traditional Hula and comes from a genealogy of Kumu Hula on the island of Kauai. Uniki with Uncle Kimo Alama Keaulana of Leihulu Hula School almost 20 years ago, he specializes in Olapa and Ala`apapa and Kaua`i’s ancient drum dances. He continues to reside and teach on the Westside of Kaua`i in the family Hula school known as: Ka Pa Hula `O Kaua`i`Iki. For more information: (808) 255-4958.


Leilani SanchezLeialoha Sanchez
Is a graduate of the Kapa’a High School and received her BA in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. She has continued her education at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Leialoha is a fluent speaker of the Hawaiian language and has been a part of the Hawaiian language movement in varying capacities for over 15 years.

Leialoha’s career has included many facets from administration, teaching, curricula development and Middle and High School vice Principal. Mrs. Sanchez is currently the Prevention Coordinator for the YWCA of Kaua’i and a Cultural Curriculum Resource Specialist for ‘Aina Based Education at Kamehameha Schools.

For more information: (808) 245-5959 ext. 234.
Email: leialoha@ywcakauai.org


Kealoha DomingoKealoha Domingo
Kupa’āina of Ka’a’awa, descended from a lineage of healers. Husband, and father of four sons. Nā Papa Kānaka O Pu’ukoholā Heiau 20+ years, Chairman of Kai Loa, 501c3 in support of Ke Kula O SM Kamakau, Board of Directors, Vice Chair Papahana Kuaola, Chairman Ka’a’awa Community Association. Chef/owner of NuiKealoha, a family operated catering company.

Kealoha has found a crossroad of being Kānaka Maoli, Hawaiian cultural practitioner, combined with a passion for cooking. Will share mana’o of a Hawaiian perspective of mea ’ai, traditional and non-traditional Hawaiian food, the spiritual, physical and mental connections to food in Hawai’i. Traditional foods and related health benefits.

For more information call: (808) 753-3132.
Email: nuikealohahawaii@gmail.com

Moke Ka`apana:
Is the youngest of Anne K Inaina & Henry K Kaapana Jr. Residents of Kailua, O’ahu with ‘ohana from Ka’ū, Hawai’i and Hanalei, Kaua’i his childhood experiences and memories are of beloved ‘ohana from throughout the archipelago.
His passions and interests are deeply rooted in the traditions and heritage of his ancestors as established from an early age includes participation in and service to the Hawaiian community: Hawaiian Civic Clubs, OHA-Aha Kūpuna, the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana, Alulike-Nā Pua No’eau, as well as various patriotic and commemorative events.
A “Wayist” (Taoism) on a spiritual path ordained in the ancient metaphysical and psychic beliefs of his family, he continues to learn and grow while exploring the knowledge of other ancients and employing this unique Hawaiian lens in “everyday life.”

With over two decades of service to the Kula Kaiapuni Hawaiian Language Immersion schools in the Ko’olaupoko district O’ahu as tutor, teacher, he now turns his focus toward the “Fourth Cinema” or Indigenous film production. An avid videophile he especially enjoys foreign films, sci-fi/ anime, and period pieces. Maori and Pasifika films are dearest to his heart.

Currently, as Kahana Media Group he pursuits and promotes a Hawaiian media production studio that will recruit young island talent to generate local programming, “by Hawai’i, for Hawai’i” with global distribution into Pasifika communities. His recent video production work with the Hawaii Dyslexia Association through Ōlelo TV won a national award for its approachable, personal style and informative, insightful format.

For more information call: (808) 674-7449.
Email: koolaupoi@icloud.com


Kaeo BradfordKaeo Bradford:
Born and raised on Kauai’s Westside, Kaeo Bradford is a graduate of Waimea High School. She attended the University of Hawaii – Manoa and obtained several degrees including a Master of Arts Degree in Pacific Islands Studies with an emphasis in Hawaiian Studies.

She excelled in college and has always been an advocate for Education. Kaeo was elected by her constituents as a Student Representative to the University of Hawaii – Board of Regents while as an undergraduate to represent 55,000 students across the State in the UH system.

Her career work has taken her into various areas of teaching Hawaiian Studies from early elementary school into the collegiate area for about 15 years. Because of the various aspects of her studies, she also successfully integrated career development into her teaching career.

Over the years Kaeo helped and assisted numerous “At-Risk” students, incarcerated prisoners and parolees in the Hawaii system in career development, job training to help students get a college education to help improve their quality of life.

Kaeo currently works for the County of Kauai, Office of Economic Development as the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Administrator and Executive Director for the Kauai Workforce Development Board. She remains active in the Kauai Community as an advocate for Youth.

Kaeo Bradford is also a well-known Native Hawaiian “Kahu” spiritual leader in the community. She has often been seen giving Oli for cultural protocol for important dignitaries like former Governor Neal Abercrombie and Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr.. She is also seen from time to time performing marriage ceremonies, sharing “blessings” on the island and or giving Reiki Energy Healing treatments to the needy.

Being a multi-faceted person, Kaeo is also Kumu Hula and Native Hawaiian Cultural Specialist. She shares her talents in the community through specialty workshops and special `Ohana gatherings.

For more information call: (808) 256-8839.
Email: kbradford@kauai.gov

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