As part of our Summer Series of events at our café, TALKSTORY TUESDAYS are bimonthly conversations where leaders in art, culture, and industry share their perspectives about the unique culture of Hawai`i Island. "Talkstory" is a term used to describe the common laid-back conversation that happens between people in the islands. These events are free and open to the public.
Join us on Tuesday, June 26th, from 5-6:30pm for a talkstory with Kumus Ka'ea and Lily from Halau Ka'eaikahelelani. Hear about their recent trip to Japan with Grammy Award Winning Artist Kalani Pe'a, and their Halau from Kona and their Halau in Japan. Kumu Ka'ea is also an Educator at Palamanui, the KAPA FM Morning Show Co-Host with her husband Jazzy, and always helps coordinate our Kona Community to help others in need.
Y. KA`EA LYONS
Having a passion for Hawaiian language, culture and hula, Ka’ea has enriched the lives of our keiki as a kumu with several Hawaiian Language Programs from Punana Leo- Hawaiian Language Preschools to Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikaimalino – Hawaiian Language Immersion School for 20 years, until moving to radio fulltime in 2011. She is also a lecturer at the Hawai’i Community College-Palamanaui and now teaches Hawaiian Language College courses at HCC and Haleo, while still supporting the kids at Ehunui whenever she can. Ka’ea joined the morning team with Jaz in January of 2011, and is the Content & Brand Manager for KAPA Hwn FM. She continues to spread her Knowledge & Passion for Hawaiian Culture & Language by keeping KAPA active in the community helping to perpetuate the Hawaiian Culture and is Founder of Kako’o I Na keiki Program and the Lahui Project, which benefit Big Island keiki.
Ka’ea has had the blessing of traveling throughout the world and the mainland USA sharing her aloha through hula. Through over 30 years of study, she has graduated to Kumu Hula from the award winning halau, Nä Lei ‘O Kaholokü, under the direction of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap.
Ka’ea continues her desire to humbly serve others. While strengthening and nurturing cultural identity by enriching community relationships through education, Hawaiian culture and language.
LILY KAHELELANI LYONS DUDIOT
Director of Culture and Leisure Activities at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Her connection to Keauhou has grown through the years under the care of Aunty Lily Haʻanio Kong and the preservation of Kaukulaelae in Keauhou. Born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Lily is living her passion each day at the Sheraton Kona. Committed to ensuring the land and its stories will live on for generations. Lily says “our Kupuna have left us gifts on this ʻāina, our kuleana is to look to the past for their wisdom; what does it mean to us today? The learning can take us into the future, for ancient wisdom is timeless.” Keauhou has been the center of many “new currents” in our Hawaiian history, it is these currents that has intrigued Lily and continues to drive her passion for Keauhou.
Lily will share stories of Kaukulaelae, Keauhou and the sites or “makana” that are still there today. Heiau Kanikanikaʻula, the Kuʻula, and the Menehune Tree just to name a few. She will connect the currents of time and how Keauhou is still a place of renewal. You will hear of her journey inspired by Aunty Lily Haʻanio Kong and how the currents of Keauhou have shaped and guided what she does today.
Kahelelani has had the blessing of traveling throughout the world and the mainland USA sharing her aloha through hula. Through over 25 years of study, she has graduated to Kumu Hula from the award winning halau, Nä Lei ‘O Kaholokü, under the direction of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap.