La`i`ōpua 2020 will hold a special Prince Kūhiō Day “Ola ka Lāhui” event at its Kealakehe location, adjacent to the Villages of La`i`ōpua. Cultural crafts will be demonstrated and shared with participants. The highlight of the afternoon will be a talk story with Kahu Danny and Anna Akaka, hosted by Dr. Holeka Goro Inaba. The program’s name, “Ola ka Lāhui,” translates to “The Nation Lives On,” reflecting an intent to share the `ike (knowledge) and mo`olelo of Hawai`i for generations to come. The event is free and open to the public; beach chairs and coolers are welcome. More info: La`i`ōpua 2020 Holds Kuhio Day Celebration (laiopua.org)
This is the first of four “Ola ka Lāhui” events where island historians, kūpuna, story tellers and artisans will share their mana‘o with residents and visitors interested in a deeper connection to Hawai`i’s history, arts, and traditions. Funding for these events is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Each session will be filmed and aired on Nā Leo public television; the events will also be available for viewing on YouTube and through La`i`ōpua 2020’s website, La`i`ōpua.org.
La`i`ōpua 2020 is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide social, recreational, vocational, economic, educational, and cultural opportunities and infrastructure to Native Hawaiians to include the communities of the Kealakehe ahupua`a. It is a place for pilina (building and supporting one another through relationships) and pu`uhonua (a place of comfort, peace, and safety). For more information about La`i`ōpua 2020, visit its website, Laiopua.org, or call 808.327.1221.