2014 Parade Grand Marshal: Lily Kong of Keauhou

Lily 1Lily Makuahine Namakaokaia Haanio Kong was born (1927) and raised in Keauhou and is Kupa no Ka aina of Keauhou  (“Kupa” means well acquainted with the land of Keauhou)

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.

 

KAPA-FM’s Ka‘ea Lyons will be master of ceremonies at ho‘olaulea

 

KaeaAlapaiBoloheadAndBabesPageHaving a passion for Hawaiian language, culture and hula, Ka’ea has enriched the lives of our keiki as a kumu with several Hawaiian Language Programs from Punana Leo- Hawaiian Language Preschools to  Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikaimalino – Hawaiian Language Immersion School for 20 years, until moving to radio fulltime in 2011.  She is  also a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i Center at West Hawai’i Community College and  now teaches Hawaiian Language College courses at HCC and Haleo,  while still supporting the kids at Ehunui whenever she can.  Ka’ea joined the morning team with Jaz in January of 2011, and is  the Content & Brand Manager for KAPA Hwn FM. She continues to spread her Knowledge & Passion for Hawaiian Culture & Language by keeping KAPA active in the community helping to perpetuate the Hawaiian Culture and is Founder of  Kako’o I Na keiki Program and the Lahui Project, which benefit Big Island keiki.

 
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.

 

Entertainment Lineup for Ho‘olaulea

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.

Singer and activist Hawane Rios earned a Big Island Music Award in the Hawaiian Language Category

Singer and activist Hawane Rios earned a Big Island Music Award in the Hawaiian Language Category

 

Singer/Songwriter Ali‘i Keanaaina specializes in the falsetto style of Hawaiian singing.

Singer/Songwriter Ali‘i Keanaaina specializes in the falsetto style of Hawaiian singing.

 

Kona singer/musician Nathan Grace and his trio, Kekahi o Keola o Na Ali‘i

Kona singer/musician Nathan Grace and his trio, Kekahi o Keola o Na Ali‘i

 

Tahitian dance troupe, Te ‘E‘a o Te Turama, led by Maile Lee Tavares

Tahitian dance troupe, Te ‘E‘a o Te Turama, led by Maile Lee Tavares

 

Singer Hawane Rios to Headline 2014 Ho‘olaule’a

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. Hawane Rios

Michaela Larson named Pa‘u Queen for 2014

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.

Michaela Larson, pa‘u queen for King Kamehameha Day Parade, Kailua-Kona, 2014

Michaela Larson, pa‘u queen of King Kamehameha Day Parade, Kailua-Kona, 2014

“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.”

Pa‘u Workshop 2014–Recap and photos

Tiare on horseback, while Barbara Nobriga demonstrates the proper placement of the pa‘u around the foot.

Tiare on horseback, while Barbara Nobriga demonstrates the proper placement of the pa‘u around the foot.

Kupuna, kumu, mentors, horses and parade participants gathered at Kona Historical Society on Saturday, April 26, for a workshop on the finer points of the pa‘u equestrian tradition. Check out the photos of wahine learning to wrap pa‘u, as well as horsemanship and lei-making sessions.
Learning to wrap pa‘u

Learning to wrap pa‘u

Nikki works on her lei-making skills

Nikki works on her lei-making skills

Pa‘u workshop at Kona Historical Society

Pa‘u workshop at Kona Historical Society

Pa‘u Workshop 2014 at Kona Historical Society

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._DSC1560 copy

Anna Akaka Named Pa‘u Queen 2013

Anna Akaka

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.

 

 

Senator Daniel Akaka Named 2013 Parade Grand Marshal

Retired Hawai‘i Senator Daniel Akaka will be the grand marshal of this year’s King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, taking place Saturday, June 15 beginning at 9 a.m. in Historic Kailua Village.

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.