Auē ke aloha nui ē…
On behalf of our MANAOLA ʻohana, we would like to extend our profound aloha to the Lim ʻohana on the passing of their beloved matriarch, tūtū Mary Ann Lim, who celebrated her 81st birthday last week.
We are so grateful to have been graced by her mana and inspired by her leadership as an icon in the Hawaiian music industry whose legacy continues through the extraordinary artistry of her ʻohana.
Lei Ana O Kohala is a beautiful mele written by Manaola for his grandmother and the fragrant puakenikeni blossoms that will forever remind us of her sweetness.
“Lei ana O Kohala I ka lei ha’aheo he lei ho’oheno nō.”
Kohala is adorned in its lei of pride the Puakenikeni, the lei indeed cherished by us all
Merrie Monarch week brings artists from all over Hawaiʻi to share their beautiful creations. Hawaiʻi Island’s own Manaola, shared new fashions but also an aloha for home.
“For me, I find my inspiration from here, on Hawaiʻi Island because it’s my home.” says Manaola.
Manaola, as a hula practitioner, also draws inspiration for hula from this special place.
“So we thought it appropriate to perform. Our first opening piece that we did was pertaining to the mauna. Especially because of what’s going on right now with the “kū kiaʻi mauna”…. Showing our support in a different way, although we can’t be on the mauna, we chose to do it in a way that we know how. And that’s through the hula.” says Manaola.
“Our hula is a way to stand and support the efforts. It’s a way to raise awareness about our beloved mountain.” says Nāmakana Davis-Lim.
Other hula practitioners in Hilo for Merrie Monarch made their way up to Maunakea to share this similar sense of aloha.
“Maunakea is the piko for our island of Hawaiʻi and we can all play a part in various ways to mālama aku.” says Nāmakana.
The original post can be seen here with video of the event.