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Our previous kīpaepae request form was deleted. If you submitted a request for kīpaepae during Spring 2024, please email ( or call the HLS office 934-2600) to confirm your kīpaepae request. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Kipaepae Activities


Kīpaepae as a ceremony is necessary for the introduction and transition into new spaces; it is a physical welcoming of an individual or individuals into a particular space as well as the nurturing of the spiritual transition into new environments and new understandings. The kīpaepae anchors the relationship of the spirit to its new environment. Encoded in the word kīpaepae are the words: kī, which means to direct focused energy; paepae which is to provide sustained support; and pae, which means to reach shore or land. Through this definition of kīpaepae, the individual(s) are recognized for reaching a particular platform and thus are being supported by a community in which all their energies are focused and dedicated to the affirmation of coming ashore, in reaching a newness, and together physically and spiritually being reacquainted to one another, to the environment, to the space, and to the encompassing energies

Kīpaepae was conceived and is still supported by I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles. It is currently housed at the Office of the Chancellor.

Kīpaepae Executive Committee

  • Taupouri Tangaro - Advisor
  • Noʻel Tagab-Cruz - Co-chair (Hawaiʻi CC)
  • Malu Dudoit - Co-chair(UHH)
  • Pele Kaio - Member (Hawaiʻi CC)
  • Kekoa Harman - Member (UHH)
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