We are kūpuna, mākua oʻo and ʻōpio of Waialua Moku, led by Aunty Betty Jenkins. Aunty Kanani Awai, Aunty Kamahu'ilani Ortiz and other Waialua/Haleiwa kupuna, and joined by Aunty Betty's ʻohana, Nalani Jenkins, Kimo Jenkins, Tracy Lawson, Kawika, Jane, Julie and Kona Au, and Aulani Choy, and other friends and ʻohana.
In 2009, after more than 30 years of teaching and sharing Hawaiian culture in the DOE and other programs across Hawaii, Aunty Betty and her daughter Nalani Jenkins were called upon by the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki to create a weekly event that brought authentic Hawaiian culture, mele, hula, and cultural practices to Waikiki, to educate visitors and the Hyatt staff. It was a new awakening for the property. Together with Aunty Honey Awai and Aunty Kanani Awai, "E Ala E" was born.
We share our time and mana'o.
We learn from each other.
Kupuna teach makua and makua teach ʻopio.
And through this process, we aloha each other, we connect, and we practice our culture.
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