Designed for learners of all ages, XPLORE MOKUOLA is a free, online LIVE event, perfect for Hawaiian ʻOhana who want to lead a healthy lifestyle and perpetuate the culture and language of our kūpuna. Interactive workshops, integrating Hawaiian language and values, include learning about the history of the island, taking care of our kino, integrating simple food cultivation into our daily lives, as well as using ʻuala, one of our three primary Hawaiian staples, to create delicious mea ʻai.
Join our Kū-A-Kanaka ʻohana as we practice Hawaiian culture and language in an atmosphere of aloha, share ways to live healthier, happier lives and rebuild a strong, thriving lāhui together!
Mahalo to OHA for sponsoring this exciting event.
aims to protect, preserve, and perpetuate her Hawaiian culture by serving her community at large.
Leilani DeMello loves working for Kū-A-Kanaka, whose mission aligns so well with her passion for advancing Hawaiian culture and language.
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Registration closes on November 5th, 2021
Kū Kahakalau Ph.D.
Aunty Kū Kahakalau is a native Hawaiian educator, researcher, cultural practitioner, grassroots activist, song writer and expert story teller, who enjoys sharing her expertise in Hawaiian language, history and culture in an effort to empower Hawaiians of all ages. Over the past 35 years, Aunty Kū has worked with tens of thousands of Hawaiians of all ages and abilities helping them to reach their highest potential. Aunty Kū believes that learning should be fun and that being grounded in the ʻike of our kūpuna is vital for us to thrive as 21st century Hawaiians.
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Raised in remote Waipiʻo Valley, Pōlanimakamae Kahakalau-Kalima considers herself a 21st century Hawaiian, with a deep understanding and love for her culture, taught to her not only by her parents, but also at Kanu o ka ʻĀina NCPCS, Hawaiʻi Community College and UH Hilo. In 2019, Pōlani became a kumu hula. A loving mother, wife, and daughter, Pōlani strives to live an ola pono lifestyle with her husband and two children. This includes growing their own foods, creating their own meals, and enjoying daily movement together.
Ancient Stories Come Alive
Learn the story of Mokuola, an islet in Hilo Bay on Hawaiʻi Island and its long history of being a place of healing and purification. This highly interactive experience allows you not only to listen to the story, but speak, chant and sing in Hawaiian, as we explore the important lessons we can learn from Mokuola and the great and numerous knowledge of our ancestors.
This fun workshop, which includes all kinds of physical activities for the entire ʻohana, focuses on techniques you can use to center yourself throughout the day, including breathing exercises and stretches. We will also explore how to practice a healthy lifestyle as individuals and as families, in an effort to regain the exceptional general health and welfare that distinguished our kūpuna.
EA Ecoversity Administrator
Krisha Zane is a Native Hawaiian entrepreneur, born and raised on Oʻahu, currently residing in Hilo, where her parents grew up. Krisha is passionate about food sustainability, soil regeneration through biochar, and the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. She has taught food cultivation practices from the arid Arizona desert to the fertile grounds of Hawaiʻi, through her active involvement with East Hawaii Master Gardeners, Farm to School Hawaii, the USDA Food Security Program and working in her home garden improving and promoting the wellbeing of the ʻāina.
Senior Project Director
With over 20 years of cooking experience, ʻIʻini Kahakalau has served and taught thousands of people how to prepare ʻaipono, or healthy Hawaiian food. Born and raised in Waipiʻo Valley, ʻIʻini has always used ingredients from the ʻāina to cook one-of-a-kind meaʻai. Inspired by her worldwide travels and her opportunities to taste food from all over the globe, her passion is to find ways to blend traditional Hawaiian ingredients and cooking methods with foods and methods from other cultures, creating a delicious, healthy, affordable cuisine.
Feeding Our ʻOhana
Kanu ʻAi is a fun, interactive workshop where we will share simple ways to grow your own foods and integrate them into your daily diet, even if you donʻt have space for an outdoor garden. Designed for the budding gardeners of all ages, you can expect to plant some seeds and build a stronger relationship with the food you eat.
Cooking Hawaiian Style
Kanaka Kitchen is a delightful, interactive cooking experience for the entire ʻohana taught in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. BUT don't let that scare you. Itʻs EASY because you know so much more ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi than you think and Kanaka Kitchen will unlock that. Together we will create ʻono one-of-a-kind poke bowls, using traditional Hawaiian and local ingredients and cooking methods.
We have some fun giveaways for our registered attendees