Each year we celebrate and honor the traditions and practices of our kūpuna gone before us. We strive to educate and enlighten all people about the pre-Western history of Moloka‘i and perpetuate the legacy of our beloved Kumu Hula, John Ka‘imikaua. From the time of his passing to now we have worked to maintain the integrity of the ‘ike that was left in our care. It only seems fitting that this year’s theme reminds us that there is balance and order in all things.
Prior to Laka leaving Moloka‘i to share the Hula on each island she and her twin brother ‘Olohe studied under their sister Kapoulakina‘u. Not only did they learn the art of the Hula but they were given the authority to care for, teach and preserve this special ‘ike and to use it as inspired. For Laka it was to take this ‘ike and share it with others to educate and enlighten them of the gift her family was given by Akua. For ‘Olohe, it was to utilize that ‘ike to preserve and protect life. His kuleana to protect and defend brought the birth of the Lua, the practice of martial arts. ‘Ae, no ‘Olohe ka mole Lua o Kā‘ana. There is ‘Olohe recognized as the root of the Lua of Kā‘ana. ‘Ae, no Laka ka mole Ha‘a o Kā‘ana. There is Laka recognized as the root of the dance of Kā‘ana.
May we always honor and respect the origin of where our traditions come from and recognized those who have come before us.