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N. Kona native to share stories about homeland

Stories of Pu‘u Anahulu, Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a, and Ka‘ulupulehu will be offered by Ku‘ulei Keakealani at talks in Hilo and Kona.

Keakealani will share stories of her North Kona homeland from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Wentworth 1, and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the Keauhou III Ballroom at the Sheraton Keauhou Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Both lectures are free.

“‘Nani wale Pu‘u Anahulu, beautiful indeed is Pu‘u Anahulu,’ reads the first line of a song that wells great affection for the natives of this land,” Keakealani said.

She was raised in a family of cowboys and fisherman in Pu‘u Anahulu where most of the residents were fluent native speakers of the Hawaiian language. Today, as curator for the Ka‘upulehu Interpretive Center at Kalaemano, she creates and develops educational programs that span the entire ahupua‘a.

Keakealani was part of a team of educators who opened Punana Leo o Waimea, a Hawaiian language immersion preschool, and later joined another group of educators in opening Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School’s early-childhood component. After 12 years of classroom teaching, she took a position under the University of Hawaii’s Na Pua No‘eau Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, where she created culturally rich programs within three of Hawaii Island’s six districts.

For more information on this presentation, contact Joy Cunefare at 322-5340 or e-mail

For lecture schedules visit Webcasts of previous lectures are available at

The lectures are sponsored by Keauhou-Kahalu‘u Education Group, Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, and University of Hawaii at Hilo, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.


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