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ʻAha ‘Ohana - RISE! Makua Vibrancy | Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit Seminar

Saturday, October 8, 2022, REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! KUPUNĀ (65+) - FREE

Learn more about our speakers traveling from Hawaiʻi to share ʻike (knowledge):

Kekoa Lloyd Harman was born and raised in Maui, where most of his family still resides, mainly in Lahaina. Kekoa began teaching at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at UH Hilo, many years ago and now serves as Professor there. Kekoa specializes in Hawaiian language instruction and performing arts classes taught in the medium Hawaiian. Before that, he worked with the ʻAha Pūnana Leo for 10 years, supporting its language revitalization efforts. Kekoa received his doctorate in the Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization Ph.D. Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He is an ʻuniki graduate under Kumu Hula Kimo Alama Keaulana; he and his wife Pelehonuamea founded their hula school, Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo, whose students are exclusively taught through the medium of Hawaiian. Kekoa and Pele have also chosen to raise their four children in Hawaiian, the primary language of their household. He and his ʻohana are fully dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian language.

Pelehonuamea Harman is the great-granddaughter of Mary Kawena Pukui, a Hawaiian scholar and native of Kaʻū. Pele was born and raised on Oʻahu but moved to Hawaiʻi island in 1999 to return to the land of her ancestors. She and her husband Kekoa have raised their four children in Hawaiian, as ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is the primary language of their household.

Pelehonuamea is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of Hawaiian Language Ka Haka ʻUla ʻo Keʻelikōlani at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. She has been involved in Hawaiian language revitalization efforts for over twenty years, 17 of those as a teacher at Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Hawaiian Medium School in Keaʻau, Puna. She is a hula ʻuniki graduate of Kimo Alama Keaulana and she along with her husband are the kumu of Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo. She is also a board member of the Mary Kawena Pukui Cultural Preservation Society, among others, and is a recent member of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Kaʻū and the Waikapuna Stewardship Committee.

Wendell Navalta, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa alumni with over 30 years of martial arts experience and owner of Mana Personal Training, LLC here in Sykesville, Maryland, who will share meditative practices to center mind, body, and spirit.

Attend our upcoming seminar to learn ʻōiwi Hawaiʻi (native Hawaiian) practices to support a healthy mind, body, and spirit as we prepare ourselves for colder temperatures here on the east coast.

We MAHALO our sponsors Nakupuna Foundation, Nakupuna Companies, KAIA, and Papa Ola Lokahi for making this event possible!

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