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Mana Mele: Halau Lokahi, Inter-Tribal Youth Cultural Exchange & Kanipila

Mahalo nui to Irie Love, Pu’unui Wong, and Gotaro – three awesome music-making mentors who shared their experiences, songs, and words of encouragement to Halau Lokahi ‘opio at a school wide assembly. This was a perfect way to cap off Irie’s last small group mentorship session at Halau Lokahi, where shared tips on vocal health, taught them vocal warm-up exercises and singing, while weaving in elements of dream-building, confidence, and tips for career success.


Halau Ku Mana Tour

Eo Hālau Kū Māna! HKM youth stepped up to the task of teaching their guests, youth from 5 Native Tribes in Southern California representing Inter-Tribal Youth. ITY youth were given a grand tour of the HKM campus, led mainly by our haumāna. The ITY students learned how HKM strives for both academic and cultural rigor through hands-on, place-based curriculum.

HKM youth shared how their Hawaiian ancestors designed their farming practices towards sustainability, and introduced Hawaiian traditions such as kōnane (Hawaiian chess) and kapa making. ITY and HKM youth were able to ask each other questions and share about their home and school experiences.

To learn more about Halau Ku Mana, located between its host communities Papakolea and Maunalaha, visit

Kanipila with Inter-Tribal Youth, Kama Kai, & Charter School Haumana

The day after their visit to Halau Ku Mana, it was kanipila time for our guests from Inter-Tribal youth. They joined haumāna and `ohana of Nā Kama Kai and Hālau Kū Māna, as well as musicians of the Mana Maoli Collective for an unforgettable night of sharing music – from traditional and modern chants and songs (both Hawaiian and Native American), to freestyles and covers of various modern genres (reggae, hip hop, RnB). Mahalo nui to Haunani Kane and ‘ohana for opening her home to us!

Mahalo nui to the Administration for Native Americans and Johnson ʻOhana Charitable Foundation for making this program possible!

Funding for the Mana Mele Program has been provided by the Administration for Native Americans and Johnson ‘Ohana Charitable Foundation, founded by Jack and Kim Johnson to support environmental, art, and music education now and into the future.

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