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Letters Of Thanks Are Music To The Ears
  Teachers inspire growth and yearning in us, lighting our inner fire. Dr. Kamuela Kimokeo and kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett are ambassadors of higher education, who together taught and graduated the first Ka‘ohekani music program at Windward Community Col- lege in May. Here are words of gratitude from some in their graduating class.
“Having moved to Califor- nia, I’ve always been homesick for Hawai‘i. Having the oppor- tunity to attend the Ka‘ohekani program online and enhance my love of Hawaiian music
appreciation for our Hawaiian values in our stories through music. You reminded me that musicisinmyDNAandare- sponsibility I am very honored and humbled to carry on into the future.”
Iwalani Raes Portland, Oregon
“Kumu Kamuela, your steady encouragement, supe- rior teaching method and great humor kept me focused and determined to succeed during the year-long Hawaiian music course. Kumu Kawaikapu, I didn’t know a ha‘alewa from a kāholo much less a ki‘i wāwae when we started hula class. By the end, we had danced 13 hula with the mo‘olelo, motion and
mele all linked together for
when classes ended.”
Bernadette Nakamura Sacramento, California
Kumu Kawaikapuokala- ni Hewett says, “It is such a great pleasure to be a part of the Ka‘ohekani music cohort at Windward CC but also to inspire the students with ‘ōle- lo, hula, mele and moʻoʻōlelo. I thank them all for being a part of this program and also for being part of my classes and my life as they, too, are also great inspirations. I en- courage them to continue their journey of enlighten- ment in the Hawaiian studies and to pursue their dreams.”
get out of this music program is watching my students grow from little to no musical experience, to composing a song on an issue that is mean- ingful to them. It is reward- ing to know that they will be able to take everything that they learn about Hawaiian music and share it with their family and friends.”
Mail letters to MidWeek c/o Mahalo Nui at 500 Ala Moa- na Blvd. Ste. 7-500, Honolulu HI 96813, or email mahalo- Include your name, where on the island you reside, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of the person so she can contact him or her.
and hula has been amazing.”
Jamie Villamor Red Bluff, California
“I would like to send a mahalo nui to Dr. Kamuela Kimokeo. Through his tal- ent, he taught us mele and the ‘fourth dimension,’ bringing a deeper understanding of the meaning of the mele. I will carry what he shared with us as I continue by sharing with my ‘ohana. He gifted us with education for life.”
Kau‘i Keola Hālawa Heights
“Kamuela Kimokeo, ma- halo for nurturing in me an
each dance.”
Betty Plevney Kula, Maui
“I am so grateful for the op- portunity to learn from kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and kumu Kamuela Kimokeo — two talented kumu who sup- ported and encouraged us all the way through our musical, hula, ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and haku mele journey.”
Kanani Furugen Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
“Mahalo nui loa does not start to express the depth of gratitude I have for my kumu. The time they spent teaching us each week did not stop
Dr. Kamuela Kimokeo adds, “The greatest joy that I
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