UH Manoa's Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha receives $8,980 OHA grant

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
R. Keawe Lopes Jr., (808) 956-6677
Acting Assistant Professor
Posted: Apr 13, 2009

Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha, The Mele Institute of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, recently received an $8,980 Ua Ola I Ka Lima Kakoo grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs - Education Hale.

Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha is The Mele Institute of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the UH Manoa campus. Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha provides venues where mele is placed at the focal point of preservation, perpetuation, discussion, presentation and performance. Such venues include Hoʻokani Manoa, Na Mele o Hawaii Nei, Ke Welo Mau Nei, Haku Ia a Ui, O Hawaii Kuu One Hanau and Hawaiian 483 Ka Papa Mele Wahi Pana. Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha recognizes the importance of the mele practitioner, both the haku mele and the hoopaa, and values the information that is preserved in their repertoire.

Over the past seven years, Ka Waihona a Ke Aloha has sponsored and documented events that showcase mele and mele practitioners and, as a result, has acquired a fair amount of documentation. These documentations have been in its care and, over the years, have been informally accessed by students, community organizations and aspiring mele practitioners.

The funding will aid in completing the digitizing, cataloging and indexing of these documentations, in hopes of providing access to this information for future maintenance, perpetuation and presentation.

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hshk/kawaihuelani