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2017 Events

AUGUST

Ashland Aloha Festival at Grizzly Peak Winery ~ August 6

Celebrating our halau's 10th anniversary!  

We had a great turn-out to our first-ever Ashland Aloha Festival community workshops and hula show! It was such a delight to see all ages participating in the cultural workshops, which included lei-making, ipu-making (gourd-drum), hula lessons, 'ukulele lessons, and a special 'ohe kapala demonstration by cultural practitioner Charlie Hua from Pu'uhonua O Honaunau. We are so proud of our haumana for their dedication to learning and perpetuating Hawaiian culture through hula and for their powerful and beautiful performances. We are so very grateful to our friends and 'ohana for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to share our aloha with the community. Special thanks to our musicians, slack-key guitar player Stephen Inglis from O'ahu, and Ashland's very own Hawaiian band, Ha'ena. We so appreciate the gift of your music. Mahalo nui loa to Sunrise Cafe for the ono Hawaiian food to Grizzly Peak Winery for hosting our event. Thanks to our supporters, including all those who attended, as well as the businesses and individuals who donated goods and services to our silent auction or purchased an ad in our program. You each helped to make our fundraiser and event a success!

Ashland Aloha Festival

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JULY

Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind ~ July 22Island Night

Another fun evening of “Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind,” sponsored by City of Ashland Parks and Rec at Daniel Meyer Pool!  Special thanks to Ha'ena for providing live accompaniment and to our haumana for their beautiful dancing. We especially love the community workshop and seeing all ages try hula for the first time.

APRIL

Ashland World Music Festival ~ May 20, 2 pmAshland World Music Festival

We had a great time dancing under the open sky on a beautiful spring day at the 2nd Annual Ashland World Music Festival. Formerly “Siskiyou de Mayo: A World Music Festival,” this free, outdoor festival in Lithia Park brought live music and dance to our community. Celebrating multiculturalism with international music and dance, the line-up featured hula with our halau Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue accompanied by Ha'ena, along with Rogue World Music Ensemble with Unity African Drum and Dance, Frankie Herenandez Band, and others.

MARCH

Aloha Saturday Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser ~ March 11

Mai kakou e pu 'ai... come and have a little food with us!Pancakes

Our awesome kokua served up an ono (delicious!) pancake breakfast while we shared aloha and talk story with new and old friends alike. Our ladies offered their beautiful hulas during each seating segment and A'alona (Aaron) Ortega jammed some tunes on the 'ukulele. Mahalo to everyone who helped out and attended. We all a great time and consider ourselves so blessed to be part of such an amazing community!

This fundraiser helped raise funds for our non-profit, Kapi'oanuenue. Kapi’oanuenue programs include tuition scholarships for hula students, costume stipends, support for out-of-town performances, and cultural education workshops and opportunities.

Stephen InglisStephen Inglis at Grizzly Peak Winery ~ March 24

Two-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee, Stephen Inglis is recognized as one of the most diverse musical artists in Hawai'i today. Equally at home on the acoustic and electric guitar, the art of Hawaiian Slack key Guitar has been at the heart of his music in recent years. With a deep love for many kinds of music, Stephen’s songwriting blends tradition with innovation in a diverse and effective tapestry.

Back for his 4th concert in Ashland, we so enjoyed Stephen's fun-loving presence, incredible talent, and humble nature. It is always such an honor to dance with such awesome musicians. Mahalo to our ladies for their beautiful hulas and to Stephen for making Ashland a regular stop on his West Coast tours!


JANUARY

Winter Hula and Hawaiian Culture Retreat with Walt Keale and Kumu Andrea
January 20 - 22 ~ Greensprings, OR

O na hoku no na kiu o a lani
"The breath of Heaven is passed to us through the stars."Greensprings

What an incredible time we all had up in the beauty of the Greensprings! We cozied up in the spacious yurt for classes, watching snow fall, wind blowing through the large trees, inspired by the rays of the sun that broke through the clouds in between storms. Such a special and rare opportuity to deepen our hula practice and Hawaiian cultural understanding, while sharing the intimacy of living and learning together.

Using some of Hawai'i's way-finding principles of observation, particularly as they have been practiced through generations in Keale's 'ohana, we explored through oli (chant) and hula how paying attention to land, geography, and elements can strengthen our sense of place, our feeling of belonging, and our way of navigating through the world. Our two days together were enriching, rewarding, inspiring, and FUN!

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