Halau Hula Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue is proud to present Mele a Mo‘olelo Hawai‘i by Hawai‘i’s
Sweetheart of Hawaiian Music, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi! Join us for an intimate and
enriching evening of Hawaiian music and talk story. Light pupu included with
Location: Held at a private residence in Medford. Address will be emailed to you with your ticket purchase receipt.
Tickets: General Admission $25 (a small portion will be donated to Kapi’oanuenue.
Advance purchase required.
Special Pre-Concert Workshop with Ku‘uipo ~ Kaona and Mele from 5-6 pm
Location (same as concert – address will be emailed to you with your
workshop purchase receipt)
Cost: $15 per person
The word "kaona" is defined as a hidden meaning. In Hawaiian poetry, kaona can conceal the deeper reference to a person, place or thing. When we look at Hawaiian music we find layer upon layer of kaona. A good haku mele composes a song rich with kaona. So rich that as you peel away the layers you find stories hidden within stories, messages and suggestions that play on our imaginations. So intertwined that you are left to wonder what the true meaning of the song is.
In this special pre-concert workshop, Ku’uipo will share her understanding of the poetic writing style of kaona and its significance in Hawaiian mele.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.
More About Ku'uipo Kumukahi, Hawai'i's Sweetheart of Hawaiian Music
See Ku'uipo perform at 'Iolani Palace (starts at 14:00).
Ku'uipo Kumukahi is the Director of Hawaiian Culture and Community Relations at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. It is also her kuleana, responsibility, to be the live consciousness of Hawaiian heritage at Pualeilani, the Waikiki residence of Hawaiian royalty, King David Kalakaua, Queen Kapi’olani, and Prince Kuhio.
Prior to being at Pualeilani, Kuʻuipo was a Community Outreach Manager for the Arc in Hawaii where she helped to build community collaboration and provided education programs for adults with special needs.
As a professional Hawaiian music performer, musician, songwriter, recording artist and kumu hula, Ku’uipo has committed her life to the education, preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the Hawaiian language through the art of Hawaiian music (poetry/mele). She has nearly thirty-years of experience as a professional Hawaiian music performer and recording artist - her last recording commissioned by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame was entitled “Na Lani ‘Eha – songs of the Four Royals”.
Passionate about all Hawaiian matters especially Hawaiian music and its possibilities, Kuʻuipo provides a very hospitable, friendly and loving approach in sharing her knowledge and providing Hawaiian education through songs.
Kuʻuipo has garnered multiple awards from: The Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts – Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawai’i Music Awards; Toastmasters, Hawaiian Civic Club, Hawaiian Royal Society, Senate and House of Representatives acknowledgements.