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'Aha Mele Ho'omau O'ahu

Feb 17, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI

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Event Summary

The “Hoʻomau” concert was first produced in 1986 to support the first Hawaiian language Immersion school on O’ahu, Pūnana Leo o Honolulu. Since then, Hawaiian Language immersion education has grown to include 4 more Pūnana Leo and 8 Kula Kaiapuni throughout O’ahu. Because of the efforts of parents and teachers in producing this annual concert, our keiki have been able to benefit from more enhanced learning as well as the opportunity to continue their Hawaiian-medium education through graduation. In the past, “Ho’omau” has continued to serve as a financial support to all participating schools. Recently, it has grown to be a celebration of heritage. Here, students have a chance to reconnect with teachers and classmates from younger years as they present their song and dance. Families have a chance to understand the importance of their role in supporting these students. Visitors get a glimpse of what it means to not only be Hawaiian, but also to live it through the language and traditions of our kupuna. “Hoʻomau Oʻahu” is a time where we share in the accomplishments of our keiki, ‘ohana, and kupuna of reviving the language of our Hawaiian people. The vision of our founders has become clear for all to see: E ola ka ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi.

This year marks the 35th year since the establishment of ‘Aha Pūnana Leo and 33 years since Pūnana Leo o Honolulu first opened. This ʻaha mele (concert) highlights student performances from each of the participating schools, along with a special segment to recognize the graduating seniors from three of those schools. We invite you to join us as we come together to educate and celebrate our language, culture, and traditions through
the music.

Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice St
Honolulu, HI 96817

Event Details

Participating Schools Include:
Pūnana Leo - Honolulu
Pūnana Leo - Waiʻanae
Pūnana Leo - Koʻolauloa
Pūnana Leo - Koʻolau Poko
Pūnana Leo - Mānoa
Kula Kaiapuni - Waiau
Ka Papahana - Māʻilikūkahi
Kula Kaiapuni - Nānākuli
Kula Kaiapuni - Hauʻula
Kula Kaiapuni -  Ānuenue
Kula Kaiapuni - Pūʻōhala
Ke Kula - S.M. Kamakau
Kula Kaiapuni - Kahuku

Hoʻomau Oʻahu is a committee comprised of parent and teacher representatives from the
above-mentioned participating schools. This event is expected to attract over 2,000
spectators and participants. Proceeds generated from admission and product sales
will be used to support all participating schools.
In celebration of the 30th year of ʻAha Mele ʻo Ho’omau, we present:
“E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi”
Graphic Design Submitted by: Lost Kingdom Clothing

• Kula Performances – performances by students in all Oʻahu Hawaiian Language
Immersion schools
• Special Guest Artists
➢ Sudden Rush
➢ Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo
➢ Hoʻopono Wong & Friends
➢ Pre-Show by Pōmaikaʻi Lyman & ʻOhana

Sponsor Recognition
➢ Sound Recording sponsorship by Mana Maoli - Mana Mele Project
➢ Crowd Control systems sponsored by Safety Systems Hawaiʻi
➢ Manuhealiʻi & Kini Zamora (Emcee Wardrobe)
➢ Graphic Illustration (on flyer) Lost Kingdom Klothing - depiction of how
MUSIC is all around us and continues to sustain our lāhui through the