Aunty Lily is the last surviving sibling of 11 children and is a Daughter of Hawaii. She has seen many changes in Keauhou in her lifetime, but one of the many memories she has is the one great lesson that her father inspired in her as a child: “ Na Malama oe ka aina, Ka aina Ha’awi ia oe, na mea ai”. Roughly translates to “Take care of the land and the land will give back. Be greedy with the land and land will eat you up.
Growing up, Lily has lived with that lesson helping her mother take care of the land growing her fruit and vegetables; fishing and hunting….taking only what she needed to feed her family. She has passed that lesson onto her eldest daughter Lily Jr. and together they started Mama’s Kona Coffee which is a featured coffee at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa.
Ka’ea has had the blessing of traveling throughout the world and the mainland USA sharing her aloha through hula. Through over 25 years of study, she has graduated to Kumu Hula from the award winning halau, Nä Lei ‘O Kaholokü, under the direction of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina.
Ka’ea continues her desire to humbly serve others. While strengthening and nurturing cultural identity by enriching community relationships through education, Hawaiian culture and language.
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After the parade, come to Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for an art and music festival (ho‘olaule‘a) featuring a stellar lineup of Hawaiian talent.
Big Island singer Hawane Rios will be the headliner at this year’s Ho‘olaule‘a. The free concert takes after the parade at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Hawane Rios is a young leader and activist in her community who believes deeply in the healing vibration of music and the power of awareness and unification that it can bring (I ka piko o ke aloha). Recipient of the Big Island Music Award in the Hawaiian Language category, Hāwane was raised in the small ranching town of Waimea, Hawaiʻi. She attended the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus then went on to further her education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, earning her bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Language from Ka Haka ʻUla ʻo Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.
Upon graduation, Hāwane traveled to the last atoll in the Hawaiian chain, Hōlanikū/Kure, to do island restoration and wildlife conservation work. During her journey, her first CD single, Poliʻahu i ke Kapu, was released and earned her a Big Island Music Award in the Hawaiian Language Category. The proceeds generated from this song are being donated to the Mauna Kea Defense Fund. Since then, Hāwane has released three more singles and continues to compose and perform her music throughout Hawaiʻi.
Hula dancer and historian Michaela Larson will be this year’s Pa‘u Queen at the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village on Saturday, June 14, 2014. For many years, Michaela was the solo dancer at the Mauna Lani Resort, Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont Orchid. Currently, she is the resident historian for Body Glove tours in Kona.
Throughout her life on Hawaii Island, Michaela has ridden pa‘u in many parades in Kona and Kohala. A former elementary school teacher in Waimea, Micheala prides herself on imparting knowledge and Hawaiian cultural tradition to the keiki. Her theme for this year’s parade will be La‘akea Kealaka‘i O Kealoha (“guided by the sacred light of love”). Her choice of attire and colors will be reminiscent of the Victorian era of the Hawaiian monarchy, her way of paying tribute to Hawaii’s queens.
“The colors of my pa’u unit will be light and bright; to visualize ourselves surrounded by gold sheild of protection,” she said. “Our wahine will represent the strong and bold warrior women. I want to see that little girl or boy on the street feel awe when they see our unit. Those are the ones who we want to inspire because they are the future. I want to inspire them to strive to be a princess one day and ride in the parade.”
Come to the Pa’u Workshop at Kona Historical Society, Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Participants in this year’s King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade will learn the fine points of the Hawaiian equestrian tradition known as “pa‘u.” Workshops include lei making for horse and rider, the wrapping of the pa‘u (skirt) and riding protocol. Lunch will be served. The workshop will be taught by local equestrians and historians Barbara Nobriga, DeeDee Bertelmann, Hannah Springer and more. The public is invited to attend. For information, call Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.
The daughter-in-law of Senator Daniel Akaka, Anna Akaka, will lead the way as the 2013 Pa‘u Queen at the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village on Saturday, June 15.
Anna was born and raised in Hilo. She has accepted the role of this year’s pa‘u queen as a way to honor the memory of her late mother, Valentina Lui-Kwan, who recently passed away at age 92. Anna is married to Danny Akaka, Jr., son of retired Senator Daniel Akaka (HI-D). Danny serves as director of cultural affairs for Mauna Lani Resort.
Accompanied by members of his Hawai‘i Island family, the senator and his wife, Millie, will be traveling down Ali‘i Drive via horse-drawn carriage. The annual floral parade will feature decorated floats, hula halau, marching bands, mounted equestrian units, and the beautiful pa‘u princesses on horseback representing the eight major islands of the Hawaiian Island chain. Leading the pa‘u units will be this year’s parade pa‘u queen, Anna Akaka, the senator’s daughter-in-law. Anna is married to the senator’s son, Danny Akaka, Jr., who serves as director of cultural affairs for Mauna Lani Resort.
The parade travels down Ali‘i Drive beginning at Royal Kona Resort to the pier and up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway, ending at West Hawaii Today. A Ho‘olaulea (music and crafts festival) will take place throughout the day at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, highlighted by free concert beginning at 12 noon headlined by Hawaiian recording artist Nathan Aweau. Additional performers include the Ladies of Waiku‘i. For more information, visit konaparade.org.