Spirit Weavers Water Blessing at the Wainiha River 2020 Kumu Kehaulani Kekua of Kauai
The vision for the Spirit Weavers Gathering came though in 2012 while Mea and her family were living alongside the Wainiha River.
Since we haven’t been able to take everyone to this most sacred river in which the birthing of the gathering took place, we thought the Virtual Weave would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to the river and share a traditional offering ceremony to the river with a Kumu Kaipuwai Kekua Waiau from Kauai who’s roots go back for many generations.
Helen Kaipuwai Kekua Waiau and Mea came together last week to bring offerings, prayers and blessings to the river as a way of giving back. Kumu’s halau is deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of ha`a and hula that originate from Kaua`i’s ancient Heiau or hula temples. The halau continues today, under the direction of Kehaulani Kekua, who inherited the responsibilities of the upon her grandmother’s passing. As a young child, Kumu Kehaulani was raised and groomed in the hula traditions of Kaua`i that has been maintained by generations of her family. Her grandmother, served as her primary kumu hula throughout her life. She would also go on to receive formal hula training under renown kumu hula, Joseph Kamoha`i Kahaulelio and Leina`ala Kalama Heine. With other master kumu, including Mahinake`oke`o Kelly, Pualani Kanaka`ole and Hokulani Holt she was fortunate to have expanded her training experiences in the art of oli or chant, traditional protocols and ceremony, and other facets of Hawaiian ancestral knowledge.
We’re so grateful you could take part of this most beautiful ceremony as we dance, chant and pray to the Wainiha Valley and the river which runs through it.
Filmed by Jess Kollar. Mahalo to Matt, Chelsea and Maylah for offering their land for Ceremony.