Imai Winchester - Leo Kupa Podcast #11

July 26, 2017

Imai Winchester is a twelve-year kumu at Hālau Kū Māna and one of the organizers for La Hoihoi Ea. Among other impactful Kumu Imai is a student of Kekuni Blaisdell, John Osorio and Haunani-Kay Trask. Though their work and influences and political activities he has helped to shape people and land. Today he speaks with Kamaka on the importance to the health of the lāhui inherent in events like - and recognized by - La Hoihoi Ea.

The annual celebration of Hawaiian Restoration on July 30 from 11am - 6pm at the Honolulu Civic Grounds will be another exciting family fun day of education, cultural sharing, community networking and free music. La Hoihoi Ea takes time to honor two men who have impacted the lahui with their life’s work and dedication: Palani Vaughan (1944-2016) and Imaikalani Kalahele. Come celebrate the life of the lāhui.


Aunty Cathie Alana - Leo Kupa Podcast #10

June 28, 2017

Aunty Cathie Alana has been living in Waianae since the early 80ʻs. She has had the privilege of working with disenfranchised kanaka for over 35 years.  Helping those suffering from chemical dependency, mental illness, houselessness, HIV, Hepatitis, incarceration and domestic violence.

Aunty Cathie has a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and Native Hawaiian social issues.  The delivery of Hawaiian practices is her kuleana in Nation Building.  Her personal motto is “Iʻm a guest in your process.”

Kaipoʻi Kelling - Leo Kupa Podcast #9

May 2, 2017

Come join Kamaka in the car with Kaipoʻi Kelling a Kalo farmer carrying on Uncle Jerry Konanuiʻs teaching. Kaipoʻi is also a teacher of Hawaiian language born here on Oʻahu he loves to ʻŌlelo and collect varieties of Kalo. 

Today among other things, Kaipoʻi is repping

Check them out  and enjoy the show.

Kaipo Kaneakua - Leo Kupa Podcast #8

March 23, 2017

Kaipo Kaneakua has been a staple in our Hawaiian Healing community for many years sharing his stories and ʻike kupuna.  He is passionate about Lāʻau Lapaʻau, Lomilomi, pale keiki, and helping uplift our community.  Kupuna Kaipo has been studying these practices since the age of five.  His expertise and experience has allowed him to travel around the world sharing his gifts and aloha.

This episode is brought to you by Ke Ola Mamo. 

Ke Ola Mamo is hosting a Ho'olaule'a 'Ohana this Friday, March 24th. Come down to Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead Association Halau from 4pm-8pm to take part in the free event, great for expecting families and families with young children.

There will be a variety of free services offered, such as; health and vision screening, insurance assistance, lomi lomi, and much more! We hope to see you there!

When: Friday, March 24th, 2017
What Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead Association Halau, 41-253 Ilauhole St., Waimanalo, HI 96795
Who's Invited: Expecting families and those with very young children


​Pōmaikaʻi Freed - Leo Kupa Podcast #7

November 17, 2016

Before passing Kumu Alva J. Andrews placed the kuleana of his Pā, Pā Ola Hawaiʻi, in the hands of Pōmaikaʻi Freed.  He also organized the structure of his Pā with people in positions around her to assist her in carrying on his lineage and fulfilling his vision.

​Pōmaikaʻi Freed, of Kalihi, began studying under Uncle Alva while still a student at Hālau Kū Mana Public Charter School. During her senior year, Uncle Alva came to Hālau Kū Mana to talk to the students of a lomilomi elective class. She sat there in awe as he shared his jokes and wisdom.  With the few remaining minutes of class, he adjusted one of the teachers -- and that was it; she was hooked. This single meeting changed the course of her life.  For the better part of the next 7 years was spent living with, learning from, and being molded by her Kumu, friend and mentor.

From a very young age her family, hula hālau, and school instilled within her a deep Hawaiian cultural foundation.  This foundation brought to life many of the things that Uncle Alva envisioned for the future of his Pā. Possessing the fire of youth with the wisdom of her kūpuna, Pōmaikaʻi is a continual inspiration and help for so many of all generations.

Wesley Sen - Leo Kupa Podcast #6

October 15, 2016
Moʻolelo stream-side at Hālau Kū Māna with Kamaka and Wesley Sen.

Wesley is a Honolulu native of Chinese-Polynesian ancestry raised in Moanalua Gardens. He received his training in Hawaiian and Polynesian massage techniques.  He was instructed and apprenticed under Auntie Margaret Machado in Hawaiian Lomilomi massage.  As well as by the late Uncle Kalua Kaiahua of Maui in the Hawaiian healing art of Lua and body alignment. And received training in ancient Polynesian body alignment from Uncle Freddie Tira of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Wesley has worked in the Spa industry in Hawaii for the last 20 years and presently teaches in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Japan . Currently Wesley uses his wealth of experience in Lomilomi and Hawaiian culture to make magical, memorable experiences for guests at Aulani Disney's Laniwai Spa.

Uncle Calvin Hoe - Leo Kupa Podcast #5

September 15, 2016

This year’s Mauli Ola Wednesdays series is centered around the restoration of mana and maintaining Pono.  This month on Wednesday, September  28th we’ll welcome Uncle Calvin Hoe to talk Mele and ʻŌlelo for restoring and maintaining.

Calvin Hoe is a Native Hawaiian musician and teacher. 
He began making Hawaiian instruments in 1961 as a teenage boy in Hakipu'u, helping bring Hawaiian instruments back from obscurity into popular consciousness. He has made more than 80,000 bamboo nose flutes and has travelled around the world playing music. His family runs the Waiahole Poi Factory and Hakipu'u Learning Center where they teach the next generation.


Keola Silva - Leo Kupa Podcast #4

August 8, 2016

This month on Wednesday, August 24th we’ll welcome Keola Silva to talk about Mākau Kino - returning to kanaka ʻōiwi ways of learning to restore mana and maintain pono.

Currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Kamehameha Elementary School, Keola inspires young kanaka ʻōiwi children to be healthy by integrating traditional concepts and values into his health and physical education curriculum.

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Love Chance & Matt Keir: Leo Kupa Podcast #3

July 12, 2016

You may know Love Chance from the Indigenous Soap Company. Their soap comes from passionate study of medicinal herbs & oils from across the globe. And each bar is made on O’ahu. Finally, all ingredients are chosen from local, organic, or the highest grade sources.

Matt Keir is a forestry biologist. Tonight he represents the Hawaiian plant conservation network Laukahi. This is a voluntary alliance of agencies, organizations and individuals aiming to protect Hawai‘i’s rare plant species.

Together they will share the importance of Lāʻau Lapaʻau (medicinal plants). As well as addressing its role in restoring mana and maintaining pono as they preview their upcoming presentation at Mauli Ola Wednesdays August 22nd at Papahana Kuaola.

Puni Jackson Hoʻoulu ʻĀina: Leo Kupa Podcast #2

June 10, 2016

On Wednesday June 22nd, Puni Jackson will be presenting at Mauli Ola Wednesdays. Today she shares with Kamaka the importance of ʻĀina and its relationship to collective mana, her journey to Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, carrying water, proficiency emerging and how love and land set her on the path she walks.

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