Appreciations

Mahalo nui loa no kau manawale’a
to the following people who have
so generously contributed their gifts
to the Nā Makana-The Gifts film...
honoring those working to preserve
the language and culture of Hawaii Nei:

Abigail Nalua‘i
Aggie Marti
Akeakamai Arakaki
Angeline Locey
Ann K. Nathaniel
Apela Colorado
Bernice Berdon
Betty Lou Kaieialoha Kaai Severson
Brandon Hokulani Severson
Bridget Manulele Clarke
Cadence Kalīhau Otake
Calvin Hoe
Charles Blake Pereira
Clarina Mateo
Cody Walsh
Coila Eade
Constance Rene Bauer
Corinne K. Weller
Dan DeLuz
Danny Bishop
Deborah Ozaki
Don Roy Severson
Donna-May Leinani Jensen
Donna Apio
Etua Kalani Flores
Edna N. Baldado
Ehulani Stephany
Elaine Lei Loo
Eleanor K. Ahuna
Francis P. Sinenci
George Kaipo AhChong, Jr.
Gerard Guerro
Gladys K. Grace
Gordean Leilehua Bailey
Harry Murray
Henry and Sybilann Lukela
Holly Reiplingertt
Iolena P. Nicolas
Janice Fairbanks
Janice Thomas Kekauoha
John I. Kekahuna
Johnathan Nathaniel

Josephine Barney
Juanita Alanu Carol Kapu
Judith Lei Garcia
Ka‘ala Ian Deitch
Ka‘iulani de Silva
Kaeokoaimiola Rapozo
Kai Locey
Kaimana Kaawa
Kainoa Kauhane, Jr.
Kalaokahaku Akima
Kapena Lui
Kapuanani Rothus
Kapulei Flores
Kauilani Ramos
Kazuye Kay Ozaki
Ke‘ala Ahuna
Keala Ching
Kekoa Guerrero
Keone Nunes
Keoni Aweau Turalde
Kalaiopua Rickard
Kamalani Rickard
Ku‘ulei Rickard
Lanakila Brandt
Lee-Ann Paman
Leonard Lau
Levan Keola Sequeira
Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond
Logan Kamaha‘o Akio Kidani
Loke Kamanu
Lorena Koaniani Shire
Lorita Rogers
Machiko Heyde
Madelyn “Mākela” Bruno-Kidani
Malia Locey
Mapu Sinenci
Marie A. McDonald
Marjorie Erway
Marvin White
Mary Ann “Meleana” Otake
Mary Kuulei Haina
Mary Lou Kekuewa
Meala Bishop

Mekela Asejo
Melekahana Kekahuna
Michael Locey
Muriel Kaui Hanchett
Nellie L. Angelo
Nelson Kaai
Norman “Buzzy” Histo
Olena Kahumoku
Patricia Adams
Patricia Lei Murray
Patrise Yamamoto
Paula K. Kekahuna
Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna
Pele Hanoa
Pohaku Kaho‘ohanohano
Pua Case
Puakealoha Kamanu
Puna Lerma
Randall Lee
Rayna L. Silva
Rene Sylva
Robert “Sonny” K. Keakealani
Roen M. Hufford
Ron Kanaiaupuni Niau
Rose Bailey
Sam Kahai Kaai
Searle Wailana Grace
Shirley Ide
Shirley L. Kahula
Solomon Apio
Solomon Kawaihoa
Stephen Locey
Su and Steve Walsh
Tin Hu Young, Jr.
Todd Tetsumi Keola Otake
Varda Roy
Vaughn Victor
Vivian Iwalani Kamaka Ma‘a Arakaki
Walter H. Keliiokekai Paulo
Wendall Kaanoi
Willi Lau
Winnefred Kaohu Chang-Montfort

Oli Chants by Kumu Poni Kamau'u

As a young child, Poni showed a deep interest in all things Hawaiian. He spent many years learning at the knees of his Grand Aunt 'Iolani Luahine while she served as a curator at Hulihe'e Palace in Kona and the Royal Mausoleum in Nu'uanu, Honolulu. Another mentor was Auntie Birdie Reis, a noted historian. Their invaluable teachings made Poni an asset at the Bishop Museum, the Heritage Theater, and as a Kumu in the Department of Education Hawaiian Studies Kupuna Program.

Poni was the son of Wailana and Hoakalei Kamau'u. His father, Wailana, was a master fisherman. His mother, Hoakalei, was a hula master and chanter for Auntie ‘Io.  He was a member of the Order of Kamehameha. Poni was a skilled Kumu Hula of Hālau Hula o Kaleihulumamo, a Chanter, Lei Maker and Musician and was always willing to share his mana'o of Hawaiian culture with all those wishing to learn. He died October 26, 2009,  and his beautiful spirit is dearly missed.


E hui pū kākou me ka lōkahi
Let us work together with respect

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