Mother & Daughter First Place Hula Competition Winners

KAUA`I MOKIHANA FESTIVAL Press Release 9/30/2013

Mother and Daughter Are First Place Hula Competition Winners
at Kaua’i Mokihana Festival

Two generations of hula grace and skill were recognized when mother and daughter received separate first place awards at the Kaua’i Mokihana Festival hula competition Saturday, Sept. 28. Kupuna Mokihana Hula award winner Maryanne Dearmore won the Kupuna Mokihana Hula first place and her daughter, Marie Dearmore, received the first place Miss Mokihana Hula.

Maryanne Dearmore

Maryanne Dearmore, dancing hula to “Wai’akeakua” won her the award of 2013 Kupuna Mokihana Hula in the Kaua’i Mokihana Festival hula competition. Her daughter who also competed, Marie Dearmore was awarded the title 2013 Miss Kaua’i Mokihana Hula. (Photos by Joe Olivas)

Miss Mokihana Hula 2013, Marie Dearmore

2013 Miss Mokihana Hula, Marie Dearmore, performs “Mele O Ke Ke’ana Kalaunu” in the three-day Kaua’i Mokihana Festival hula competition. Her mother also competed in the hula competition and won first place in a separate kupuna category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is the first time in the 29-year history of this hula competition that first place solo award winners were from the same family,” said Nathan Kalama, Kaua’i Mokihana Festival founder. “To see Hawaiian cultural traditions pass down through generations is a key objective of this festival and of the Mālie Foundation.” Mālie Foundation coordinates the annual week-long annual contemporary Hawaiian cultural festival that includes workshop presentations, music concerts and competitions.

Both dancers were from Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua of O’ahu, which racked up first place awards in many categories, including Group Kahiko Wahine, Group Kahiko Kane, Solo ‘Auana Wahine, Solo ‘Auana Kane, Group ‘Auana Wahine, and Group ‘Auana Kane. In both Kahiko and ‘Auana Solo Opio Kane, Elijah Makana Pakele of the same hālau won first place.

Hālau from Maui, O’ahu and Kaua’i participated in the three-day hula competition held at the Kaua’i Beach Resort Jasmine Ballroom. Complete results can be found on maliefoundation.org/blog###

PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Olivas

Ni’ihau Composers Slam Kaua’i Composers Contest – Press Release

Press Release: 9/23/13
Media Contact: Carol Bain (808) 246-2111
For Event information call: Maka Herrod 808-651-1868
Kaua’i Mokihana Festival event tickets: (808)652-4497

Ni’ihau Composers Slam Kaua’i Composer’s Contest

Fresh, young composers from Ni’ihau demonstrated their music and talent at the Kaua`i Composer’s Contest and Concert and walked away winners at Waimea Theater Monday night.

In the Open Music category, Sydney Kaaumoana Morton and Naniwaiui Kanahele won first and second place respectively. In the Contemporary Hawaiian category, Love Kelley won first place. Sydney Kaaumoana Morton’s song “I Will” also won a special Most Commercial Potential award. All three hail Ni’ihau as home island.

Composer, Love Kelley, performs “Ni’ihau”, the island that inspired his song that won him first place in the Contemporary Hawaiian category at the 29th annual Kaua’i Composers Contest & Concert held at Waimea Theater Monday night.

Master of ceremonies, Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira said, “A primary purpose of this Kaua’i Mokihana Festival event is to motivate new composers to share their songs. Many beginning composers are hesitant and need the encouragement that this event brings.”

A first-time composer using Hawaiian languate to participate in this event, Darryl Gonzales, entered the Professional category with his song “Na Kuahiwi ‘Ekolu” which won the Performer’s Award by judges and the coveted People’s Choice Award from the appreciative audience.

Judges included Doric Kaleonui Yaris, Hau’oli Akaka, and Kamakakehau Fernandez. Fernandez entertained the audience while the People’s Choice Award was tallied with two Hawaiian mele performed in beautiful falsetto.

First place Professional category went to a skillful Kaua’i composer, Shilo Pa, for “Another Song” that received the Lyrical Content award and received Highest Score by judges.

The  Kaua’i Mokihana Festival continues through Sept. 28 with Hawaiian cultural presentations, music and hula. A full is schedule online http://maliefoundation.org

Results of 29th annual Kaua’i Composers Contest & Concert:

Category: Contemporary Hawaiian

First: “Ni’ihau” Love Kelley
Second: “Pretty Lady” Rolly Rull
Third: “Love Me” Frank Nestel

 

Category: Open

First: “I Will” +Most Commercial Potential award Sydney Kaaumoana Morton
Second: “My God” Naniwaiui Kanahele
Third: “Love Never Change” Rolly Rull

 

Category: Professional

First: “Another Song” +Lyrical Content & Highest Score Shilo Pa
Second: “Na Kuahiwi ‘Ekolu” +Na Poe & Performance Award Derryl Gonzales

Kaua’i Mokihana Festival continues through Sept. 28, 2013, Island Wide -

Click for full festival schedule online at http://maliefoundation.org

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photo credit:  Joe Olivas

Syndey Kaaumoana-Morton, a composer from the island if Ni’ihau, won first place in the Open category and was awarded “Most Commercial Potential” at the annual Kaua’i Composers Contest and Concert held Monday night with her song “I Will”.

Sept. 22 through 28, 2013 Kauai Mokihana Festival Press Release


Press Release: updated 8/30/13
Media Contact: Carol Bain (808) 246-2111
For Event information call: Maka Herrod 808-651-1868
General information: (808)822-2166 or email KMFKauai@hawaii.rr.com

Mālie Foundation presents the 29th annual

KAUA`I MOKIHANA FESTIVAL
CONTEMPORARY HAWAIIAN CULTURAL EVENTS
- Sept. 22-28, 2013, Island Wide -
2013 THEME: Year of Ola Pono Hawai’i / Hawaiian Health

  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 – Hale Pule / Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church service in both Hawaiian and English language.  |10 a.m. | All welcome. Join us for refreshments after service.
  • MONDAY, SEPT. 23 –Kaua`i Composer’s Contest and Concert | Location: Waimea Theater| 7 p.m. | $20 in advance/$30 at door | See original music of our island as the composers compete for awards. Hawaiian, contemporary Hawaiian, and open categories included.
  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 – “EO E LILI’U” Children’s/Youth Music Competition, Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall | 9:00 a.m. |  $10 for adults and $5 for ages  5-17 | Songs honor Queen Lili’uokalani and other songs in “’Olelo” the Hawaiian language performed
    TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 – “Under the Palms at Wailua” | 6 p.m. | $20 in advance/$30 at door | Enjoy the rich culture of Hawai’i through seek Hawaiian music and hula. | Location: Aston Aloha Beach Resort
  •  WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 – Hawaiian Cultural Presentation by Kumu Keala Ching on Ola Pono Hawai’i | 6 p.m.| Free |  Location: Kaua’i Museum
  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 – Solo/Group Kahiko Nei Hula| 6 p.m. | $20 in advance/$30 at door | Kaua’i Beach Resort| Enjoy wonderful Hawaiian hula as beautifully costumed dancers from many halau compete in several categories. (Plus 3-day Craft Fair in hotel lobby)
  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 – Group `Auana Hula Competition / | 6 p.m. | $20 in advance/$30 at door | Kaua’i Beach Resort | Arrive early to see the Hawaiian Royal Court protocol ballroom entrance. The competition continues with modern “contemporary” hula!
  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 – Solo `Auana Hula Competition & Festival Awards Finale | Noon | $20 in advance/$30 at door | Kaua’i Beach Resort | Don’t miss the magic of the solo hula performances. Tension mounts before winners are announced.

Tickets On Sale Now Online and on island beginning 9/2/13:
Call Iwa Dawbarn PH: 808-652-4497

Ask about the MOKIHANA PASS: 5 events for $75
For individuals requiring an auxiliary aid or additional support to participate
call Jodi Omo at 808-635-3295 seven(7) working days before the event.

Events sponsored in part by Hawai`i Tourism Authority, County of Kaua`i OED,
A&B Foundation, QLCC, Kukui’ula Development, Hawai’i Community Foundation
and Hawaiian Airlines

For tickets online & updated schedule visit  http://maliefoundation.org

2012 Kaua’i Mokihana Festival Hula Winners

2012 KMF Hula Winners:
Kahiko Nei
Solo Opio:
1st – Zoe Robinow – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$100 + Bowl
Group Kaikamahine:
1st – Halau Hula O Na Kamali’i O Ka La
Misa Nakatomi
$300
Group Wahine:
3rd – Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
Hau’oli & Ku’ulei Akaka
$200
2nd – Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
Kamaka Kukona
$300
1st – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
Ke’ano Ka’upu & Lono Padilla
$500
Group Kane:
1st – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
Ke’ano Ka’upu & Lono Padilla
$500
MISS MOKIHANA HULA KAHIKO:
Costume/Adornments:
3rd – Kaho’ohokuokalewalani Seabury-Akaka
Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
$200
2nd – Pomaika’iokeakua Klein
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$300
1st – Chandis Waialoha Dabin
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
$400
Oli:
3rd - Pomaika’iokeakua Klein
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$200
2nd – Kaho’ohokuokalewalani Seabury-Akaka
Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
$300
1st – Chandis Waialoha Dabin
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
$400
Hula:
3rd – Pomaika’iokeakua Klein
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$200
2nd – Kaho’ohokuokalewalani Seabury-Akaka
Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
$300
1st – Chandis Waialoha Dabin
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
$400
Overall:
3rd – Pomaika’iokeakua Klein
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$300
2nd – Kaho’ohokuokalewalani Seabury-Akaka
Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
$500
1st – Chandis Waialoha Dabin
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
$1,000
Group Auana
Hui/’Ohana:
2nd – Halau Makana Lei Aloha
Troy Hinano Lazaro
$200
1st – Aki ‘Ohana
Melissia Aki-Sugai
$300
Kupuna:
2nd – Waianuenue Hula Studio
Atsuko Suzuki & Greg Lontayao
$200
1st – Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani
Leihi’ilani Kirkpatrick
$300
Kaikamahine:
1st – Halau Hula O Na Kamali’i O Ka La
Misa Nakatomi
Group Wahine:
3rd – Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
Hau’oli & Ku’ulei Akaka
$200
2nd - Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
Ke’ano Ka’upu & Lono Padilla
$500
1st - Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
Kamaka Kukona
$300
Group Kane:
1st – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
Ke’ano Ka’upu & Lono Padilla
$500
Solo Auana
Kupuna Mokihana Hula:
3rd – Wailana Grippe
Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani
$50
2nd – Barbara Prigge
Aki ‘Ohana
$75
1st – Melodie Vega
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$100 + Bowl
Solo Opio:
1st – Zoe Robinow – Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
Mrs. Mokihana Hula:
3rd – Jan Ewalani Maunakea
Halau Hi’iwaialoha
$50
2nd – Kilihune Ka’aihue
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
$75
1st – Prestina Louis
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$100 + Bowl + Mokihana Leis + Aloha Gift Bag
Mr. Hula Auana:
3rd – Tyson Kamuela Thronas
Aki ‘Ohana
$50
2nd – Ali’i Kauhi Choy-Foo
Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua
$75
1st – Micah Tiedemann
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$100 + Koa Paddle + Aloha Gift Bag
SPECIAL AWARDS:
Henry Moikeha Pa Award – Kumu Hula Composed Mele
Hau’oli & Ku’ulei Akaka
Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
$100
Kilohana Award – Best Fact Sheets
Ke’ano Ka’upu & Lono Padilla
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$100
Hawaiian Language
Hau’oli & Ku’ulei Akaka
Halau Hi’ilaniwaialoha
$100
Royal Court / Kings Choice
Halau Hula O Na Kamali’i O Ka La
Misa Nakatomi
$100
Friday, Saturday and Overall
Kama’ehu
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
$100 + $100 + Perpetual Trophy
George Kananiokeakua Holokai – Overall Award
Halau Hi’iakainamakalehua
Ke’ano Ka’upu & Lono Padilla

Kamuela Thronas

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Composers Bring Harmony to Kaua’i Mokihana Festival 9/17/12

Press Release : Sept. 18, 2012,   Malie Foundation– Kaua`i Mokihana Festival

 Media Contact: Carol Bain, 808-246-2111 cdbain@kauai.net
For event information call Maka Herrod  (808)651-1868


KMF Hotline: 808-822-2166 kmfkauai@hawaii.rr.com

Composers Bring Harmony with Kaua’i Mokihana Festival

Puhi – Harmonious songs of love and life filled the theater as thirteen composer’s shared their original music Monday evening at the Kaua’i Composers Contest and Concert, the founding event of the annual Kaua’i Mokihana Festival.

Singing his original composition “Ka Ipo Aloha”, Love Kelley wins first place in the Hawaiian category at the Kaua’i Composer’s Contest and Concert held Monday at KCC PAC. The Kaua’i Mokihana Festival continues all week. Go to www.maliefoundation.org for complete schedule.

Composer, Love Kelley, sweetly sang “Ka Ipo Aloha” garnering the highest score from the judges to receive first place in the Hawaiian category and the Hawaiian language award. The ardent performance was so powerful the audience called for more “hana hou” as he left the KCC Performing Arts Center stage.

Sophia Ross’ song “It’s All About You” won the award for lyrical content, best performance, most commercial potential, and first place in the open category, which had the most entries. Second place in this category was awarded to Heu’i Bandmann who sang her own composition “Head Over Heels” with joy.

In the contemporary Hawaiian category, Cheryl Pagofie won first place for her song,“I Believe”, and in the same category the appreciative audience voted the people’s choice award, Na Poe, to composer Wailana Dasalia for “Ku’u Lei Ki”.

Winner of the youth category of the 2012 Kaua’i Composers Contest is Kalalea Kauhane who composed “Life as We Know It”.

First place in the professional category went to Ilima Rivera for her song “Ke Kuini O Na Koa” honoring the strength of the Queen.

The Kaua’i Mokihana Festival continues all week featuring Hawaiian cultural events, including a three-day hula competition beginning Thursday, Sept. 20. For a complete list go to www.maliefoundation.org or for tickets call Iwalani (808) 652-4497.

Events sponsored in part by: Hawai’i Tourism Authority |County of Kaua’i Office of Economic Development | Hawai’i Community Foundation | Kukui’ula Development | A & B Foundation | Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center | Hawaiian Airlines | The Garden Island | Kaua’i Beach Resort | Aloha Beach Resort

Kaua’i composer Sophia Ross (center) accepts awards from Mayor Carvalho (on her right) and Malie Foundation president, Jodi Omo (on her left) Monday evening at the Kaua’i Composers Contest and Concert held Monday evening at KCC PAC. Ross’ song “It’s All About You” won first place in the open category, and awards for best performance, lyrical content, and most commercial potential.

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For updated information, visit KMF Website: http://maliefoundation.org

Photographer credit: Joe Olivas (email: JOLIVAS1@hawaii.rr.com )

Kauai Mokihana Festival Fact Sheet for 2012

Kaua`i Mokihana Festival Fact Sheet
Sept. 16 -22, 2012

For event information
call Maka Herrod  (808)651-1868

KMF Hotline: 808-822-2166 kmfkauai@hawaii.rr.com

The Theme for 2012 is the
“Year of Na Kamali’i / Future Generations”

Each year, the Kaua`i Mokihana Festival celebrates the Hawaiian culture and values by presenting events coordinated by the non-profit organization, Mālie Foundation. Grants, large and small, continue to come in to support our Festival, in addition to corporate sponsors and many thousands of in-kind donations and volunteers over the years. Major sponsors include the County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Kaua`i Mokihana Festival also offers the Mālie Scholarship. All efforts serve to promote and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. Donations are greatly appreciated: Mālie Foundation, PO Box 13, Kapaa, HI 96746. Sponsors for major events are needed. Call 808-822-2166. To find out more, or Festival Director: Maka Herrod (808)651-1868.

Schedule subject to change and may be updated online http://maliefoundation.org/
This year’s seven-day festival includes the following cultural events in chronological order:

Hawaiian Church Services: (September 16, 10 a.m.) No admission fee – All Welcome – Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church, 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy. Kapa’a.
Welcome all as we celebrate with special music; even a little hula now and then in both English and the Hawaiian languages. This event is held at the historic Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church founded by Queen Deborah Kapule in 1879. KMF volunteers and supporters provide the special music for this service that is open to all residents and visitors. After the service, all are invited to join in refreshments.

The Kaua`i Composers Contest and Concert: (Monday, September 17, 7 p.m.)
$20 advance/$25 at door. Kaua`i Community College Performing Arts Center, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue
Celebrating its 28th anniversary as a founding event of the Kaua`i Mokihana Festival, this event encourages the composition of new music through its various categories including: Hawaiian (must be in the Hawaiian language), Contemporary Hawaiian, Open, Professional and Youth (13-15 years old). Trophies and cash prizes are awarded. Participants in this contest are inspired by sharing their personal musical creations with the Island’s people and visitors.

“Eo, E Lili`u” Children’s/Youth Music Competition (Tuesday, September 18, 9 a.m.) – Location: KCC Performing Arts Center, 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue; sponsored by the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center; This event allows students in the Hawaiian Immersion School Programs to compete musically by grades with songs to honor the Queen and other Hawaiian cultural topics.

“Under the Palms Concert” (Tuesday, September 18, 6 p.m.) $20 / $25 at door. Join us as we celebrate our unique Hawaiian culture through hula, music, arts and crafts. The employees of the Aloha Beach Resort, 3-5920 Kuhio Highway  Kapaa, (808) 823-6000 at Wailua pull out all the stops to make your evening an unforgettable cultural experience. Starts at 6 pm and entertainment continues to 9 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Parking is available. Contact concierge desk: 822-7377 or Maka Herrod 651-1868.

Cultural Presentation: Kealoha the Magnificent Poet (Wednesday September 19 – 6 pm to 8 pm; Location: Na Keiki O Ka’aina / The Children of the Land
Kauai Village Shopping Center (Safeway Center)
4-831 Kuhio Hwy #332
Kapaa, HI 96746 ); Free/donation accepted. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to witness one of Hawai’i’s most talented and internationally recognized poet and storyteller. Kealoha graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in nuclear physics and a minor in writing. He is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i (2-Time International Champions), and First Thursdays (the largest registered slam poetry competition in the world).

Hula Competition: Solo/Group Kahiko Nei, (Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m. )
Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door; Location: Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue; (808)245-1955)
This event demonstrates a creative and unique idea in hula in the ancient style (kahiko) with a slight twist of Kaua’i flavor. Newer chants are encouraged by judges. Chants that are 10 years old or less get five bonus points. Three bonus points are given to chants 20 years or younger.

Hula Competition: Group `Auana, (Friday, September 21, 6 p.m. )
Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door, Location: Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue; (808)245-1955)
This is the second evening of hula competition and features Auana, modern hula. This group competition allows the hula school (halau) to use traditional, borrowed or newly created implements to add a “contemporary” flavor to hula. This event encourages the ingenuity and creativeness of our kumu hula. Categories include Kaikamahine, Keikikane, Wahine, Kane, Kupuna and Hui/`Ohana. Come early, as Kaua`i’s Aloha Festival’s Royal Court will attend this event in full regalia with ceremonial entrance.

Hula Competition Solo `Auana & Finale at the Kaua’i Beach Resort (Saturday, September 22 begins at 11 a.m. )
Admission Fee: $20 in advance / $25 at door, Location: Kaua’i Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue; (808)245-1955)
The finale cannot be missed. First, solo competition enchants the audience. Then, all the competing halau and audience wait breathlessly to see the winners announced by the judges. This year, special solo awards are offered by Hawai’i Community Foundation.
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PRESS photos are available upon request: Contact Carol Bain, 808-246-2111 bain@kauai.net
Kaua’i Mokihana Festival website is updated regularly with latest announcements on this schedule: http://maliefoundation.org/
Festival Director: Maka Herrod 808-822-2166
Event Information: email kmfkauai@hawaii.rr.com

For individuals requiring an auxiliary aid or additional support to participate call Jodi Omo at 808-246-5515 ten (10) working days before the event.
NOTE: a KMF professional photographer and videographer will be at major events with images for sale. Competing or other professional photographers should check with event coordinators prior – call Maka (808)651-1868.

GENERAL ADMISSION FOR KEY EVENTS

Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at door;
$5 children ages 6-17;
free for children under 6.

For ticket information only, call Iwalani at (808)652-4497. For event information call Maka Herrod  (808)651-1868. email: bslm07@yahoo.com

TICKET OUTLETS

Vicky’s Fabrics Kapa`a (808) 822-1746
Kaua’i Beach Resort, Lihue (808) 246-5515
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Call (808) 652-4497 and ASK FOR Iwalani
ASK FOR THE SPECIAL MOKIHANA PASS
5 tickets IN ADVANCE OPTION Cost: only $60: for these 5 events:
Kaua’i Composers Contest – Monday, September 17
Under the Palms Concert – Tuesday, September 18
Hula Competition: Solo/Group Kahiko Nei – Thursday, September 20
Hula Competition: Group `Auana, – Friday, September 21
Hula Competition: Solo & Finale – Saturday, September 22

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A 3-day Kaua’i Mokihana Festival Craft Fair featuring Hawaiian gifts and locally-made items will be in the lobby of the Kaua’i Beach Resort.
Booth HOURS are: (Thursday 9/20 and Friday 9/21) 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; (Saturday, 9/22/12) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Food and beverage will be available for purchase on premises.

Events sponsored in part by: Hawai’i Tourism Authority |County of Kaua’i Office of Economic Development | Hawai’i Community Foundation | Kukui’ula Development | A & B Foundation | Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center | Hawaiian Airlines | The Garden Island | Kaua’i Beach Resort | Aloha Beach Resort |

For updated information, visit KMF Website: http://maliefoundation.org

(Updated 8/18/12)

July 22, 2012 – Kauai Premier documentary “Legacy of Aloha”

Lihue, HI – A Kaua’i premier showing of the feature length documentary “Nona Beamer: Legacy of Aloha” is presented Sunday, July 22. Join us for light refreshments at 1 p.m. with the 2 p.m. showing of documentary at the Aloha Beach Resort Ali’i Room. Tickets are $30 are available at Vicky’s Fabrics, Kapa’a, or call Iwalani Dawbarn (808)652-4497. Ticket donation to benefit Mālie Foundation and support Hawaiian cultural events.
A remarkable Hawaiian woman, Nona Beamer came from many generations of traditional Hawaiian music and hula, including her grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer, the well-known composer. The matriarch of the musical Beamer family, she was a songwriter, musician and teacher who died in 2008 after 84 years of joyfully sharing her deep knowledge of the Hawaiian culture. She was commonly known as Aunty Nona.

Filmed and edited by Linda Kane, who will be present, this portrait of Aunty Nona includes some of the many people whose lives were influenced by her including Kaua`i residents Nathan Kalama, Puna Kalama Dawson, Mauli Ola Cook, and Angeline Locey.

“Aunty Nona was my teacher at Kamehameha School,” said Nathan Kalama, founder of Mālie Foundation. “I am privileged to have been included in this documentary and grateful that Mālie Foundation was chosen to coordinate the premier on Kaua’i.”

Others featured in the film include Gordean Bailey, Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, David Kawika Eyre, Caren Loebel-Fried, Jerry Santos, Kaleo Trinidad, Penny Vredenburg and more. Mark Jeffers, of Storybook Theater, contributed archival footage. Through stories, songs, and hula, these students, friends and colleagues create a picture of an amazing woman shaped by a turbulent time in Hawaiian history who also played a role in shaping that history. The film appeals both to those who don’t know much about Hawai`i or Aunty Nona, and those who know both well.

Nona Beamer, Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer was born in Honolulu and raised in Napo’opo’o on the Big Island. She was of Hawaiian, German, French, Scotch and Swedish ancestry. Her Hawaiian name is an ancestral name that comes from Princess Manono and means precious flower. When Nona started school at Kamehameha, she ran headlong into the missionary influences still extant in the Twentieth Century.

For more information about this event or the upcoming Sept. 16-22 Kaua’i Mokihana Festival, call Maka Herrod, 808-651-1868 or visit website: www.maliefoundation.org

This Mālie Foundation fundraising event is sponsored in part by Hawaiian Airlines and Aston Hotels & Resorts. Address: Aloha Beach Resort, 3-5920 Kuhio Highway Kapa’a. Call Jodi Omo at 808-634-3295 if you would like to request an ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support seven (7) calendar days before the event.
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PHOTO AVAILABLE of Nona Beamer provided for promotional purposes
Media Contact: Carol Bain (808)246-2111 cdbain@kauai.net
Festival Director: Maka Herrod, (808)651-1868 bslm07@yahoo.com