Ka Wai Ola


nvt. Song, anthem, or chant of any kind; poem, poetry; to sing, chant
(preceded by both ke and ka). Cf. haku mele. Kāna mele, his song
[sung by him or composed by him]. Kona mele, his song [in his honor].
Ke Mele a Solomona (Biblical), the Song of Solomon.

Photo: Sylvia Hussey

Aloha mai kākou,

The September premier of Kū Haʻaheo e Kuʻu Hawaiʻi, written by an inspired kumu and sung by a star studded cast, is an example of the mana of mele. As our lāhui strives to empower ourselves, celebrate our patriots, and connect more strongly with one another around shared aloha ʻāina goals, we do this with the mana of mele. With the support and blessing of the haku mele, Hinaleimoana Wong, the mele is shared with ka poʻe i aloha i ka ʻāina. Her hope is that it might strengthen, connect, and inspire us as ka poʻe i aloha i ka ʻāina.

In this issue we share the history and future of Hawaiian mele, a way to be civically engaged through the voting process, and a way to take care of our communities through economic development and the value of work.

The chorus of Kū Haʻaheo e Kuʻu Hawaiʻi reflects our pride, our strength, our hope and our love for our land; may we harness the mana of mele to uplift our families, communities and lāhui.

Sylvia Hussey, Ed.D.
Ka Pouhana Kūikawā/Interim Chief Executive Officer