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We acknowledge and honour our Ancestors including Kumu Ioela Kao’o, teacher to Anake Harriet Ne who was teacher to Kumu Hula Anakala Pilipo Solatorio, who was teacher to Kumu Pa’a Lawrence Kalainia Kamani Aki, who was teacher to Kumu Pa’a Kawika Foster.
It is with the blessing of Kumu Hula Anakala Pilipo Solatorio that we are able to bring these teachings to you. Mahalo Uncle.
KUMU PA’A LAWRENCE AKI
Kumu Lawrence is the 50th generation of traditional Hawaiian knowledge teachers. He has been a student of Kumu Hula Pilipo Solatorio for 30+years. His Uniki was in 1998 (to tie/the knowledge is bound to the student) and the title of Kumu Pa’a given to him by Kumu Hula Pilipo Solatorio. Vested to share the rich knowledge of Hawaiian Culture and Ancestry with the world he offers rare insights to the beliefs & practices of traditional ancestral knowledge. Kumu Lawrence teaches in our program live from Hawaii and in the annual Australian Retreat. Meet Kumu Lawrence: www.kumupaalawrenceaki.com
KUMU PA'A KAWIKA FOSTER
Kumu Kawika is the 51st Generation of teachers in our lineage. In 2007 he was accepted as a student by Kumu Lawrence and, in the traditional way, lived with him in Halawa Valley Molokai. He learned everything orally – protocols, ceremonies, rituals, stories, songs, dance, chants, healing methods, history and language – as that is the traditional way of sharing knowledge. From 2010 he travelled with Kumu Lawrence sharing the teachings worldwide. At his Uniki in 2016, he was given the title of Kumu Pa’a by Kumu Pa’a Lawrence Aki. Kumu Kawika is the teacher of our programs and founder of Mana O Kahiko.
An Alaka’i is the lead student and assistant to the Kumu. Kumu Pa’a Kawika has two Alaka’i – Deborah Hutchings and Julia Adams. As well as being students of Kumu Kawika, they manage the operations of Mana O Kahiko – Australia supported by the Haumana of the Halau. Their Kapu Kai at Halawa Valley 15 June 2017 by Kumu Pa'a Lawrence Aki, confirmed their lifelong bond to the lineage and the teachings. They work hard and have a lot of fun too. Experienced Practitioners in Hawaiian Healing, they travel with Kumu, speak at events and offer healing sessions.