" Mariko Kamimura & Aunty Mahealani"
The modernized meaning of Aloha is used for : hello, goodbye, and love. The Hawaiian would be a breakdown of the word such as , ALO meaning the presence of spirit and HA meaning the breath of life. So, saying "ALOHA" to one another is more like greeting and acknowledging the spirit and the life of the one you are addressing. I recognize you as life spirit…… ALOHA
Kumu,The term kumu literally means teacher. In Hawaii, kumu are those that through lineage or lifelong tutelage with a master of a certain craft, then in turn become KUMU. This can be kumu hula as a master / teacher of dance or kumu oli as a master / teacher of chants. Others in their crafts would be canoe builder, weaver, herb and medicine to name a few. These people, kumu , or masters of their craft are also called KAHUNA.
Hula, everyone knows, is beautiful ladies in grass skirts and coconut bra tops , smiling and swaying gracefully with huge flowers in their hair. Well yes, sorta and that is lots of fun at parties and for entertainment. Hawaiian hula is a form of story telling. There was no written language in Hawaii so the stories were passed down through the hula. Hula literally means , dance. There are two forms of hula auwana which is the modern style and the kahiko is the ancient form.
Mana : Translated in English, MANA is power. Mana is more the internal power or energy of any living thing. Hawaiians know all things have mana. The aina (land), pohaku (rocks), plants, people, gods and goddesses in varying degrees.
Workshop,Hale o hana would possibly be the translation here as a house of work. We now are calling these gatherings of learning, PLAYSHOPS! Gathering with a group of people with similar interest to have fun learning. Are you ready for fun? Join us for Hula or Spiritual playshops.
Aunty Mahealani is a Kumu Elele Na Kupuna. This translates to mean that she is a messenger for the Ancestors. She shares this knowledge through playshops called Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala. Her playshops help people find and develop their sense of self-worth and bring balance into their lives. It does so much more than I can explain here. As a result of her classes, she keeps very busy and this summer I’ve had the privilege of participating with her. | alohaspiritaunty | Mariko Kamimura