KAINOA, HALAU KU MANA STUDENT
I've grown in confidence, I never would have been confident without this class. I feel lucky to be here. I feel comfortable. Here I can be myself. I feel happy being around people who love music as much as I do.
EMALIA, HALAU LOKAHI STUDENT
I like how we work together to finish what we start. Singing inspires me to go forward, not backwards.
MAKAWALU, HALAU KU MANA STUDENT
KAU'I, KAMAKAU ALUMNI
Music is real life history. It reveals who we are as a people, shares our culture and experiences. It's the foundation of the past, present, and future. When you listen to the words and put yourself in the moment of the composer's thoughts it becomes more than a melody. For example, most Hawaiian music was written with kaona which deepens the thought process of the lyrics and changes the perspective of what it appears to be. Our kūpuna were very brilliant with metaphors and word play and many people today continue to carry that traditional talent.
By participating in this program, it gave me a sense of pride in my culture. It has taught me history, geography, plants, language and also how people express their love. It helped me to appreciate various genres of music, different writing patterns and teaching styles. Music truly is the universal language of the world. It breaks barriers and creates a better connection of all man kind. Students can benefit from programs like these in school because it gives them a time and way to express themselves.
I learned the importance of passion - and learning from others’ mistakes instead of my own.
HO'OKELE, HALAU KU MANA STUDENT
Get your goals done. Go for what you want and donʻt stop until you succeed... Gotta have passion and something you believe in through music.
EWELEIULA, KAMAKAU STUDENT
Kumu Nakana taught us about science, through music, and math and reading and writing.
My favorite thing was singing in our groups, and just learning about how mele is connected to lots of things like science, math, reading...
Mana Mele gave me a better understanding of how mele can be used all the time, at school or outside, or even if youʻre not even singing, there is sound all around you, its caused by vibrations