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Unukupukupu - the process

taupouri tangaro

"Hula is not about polishing antiquity. Hula is about engaging our remotest memories in the individual and collective decisions we make in the now.  Once this reality is experienced, we then launch into the organic analysis of our own journeys of life and of living, but this time from the helm of the canoe!" – Taupōuri Tangarō

TRADITION: UNUKUPUKUPU means  "Shrine of Ferns [Rooted in Fresh Lava]",  and the name is anchored in the steep and very ancient explosive hula traditions of ʻAihaʻa Pele, or Ritual Dance of Volcanic Phenomena of Hawaiʻi.  An earth-centric hula tradition bequeathed to Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō by Hālau O Kekuhi, one of Hawaiʻi's noted schools of traditional dance, UNUKUPUKUPU continues to evoke through dynamic hula (dance), oli (chant), ʻaʻahu (regalia), ʻaha (rituals), kaʻao (myth) the life ways of one of the world's most isolated peoples living in kinship with one of the world's most sacred landscapes.

VISION: The Vision of UNUKUPUKUPU is to bring into a modern global context an awareness of the role and the spirit of hula as one of the world's sacred dance of environmental kinship.

MISSION: The Mission of UNUKUPUKUPU is to position Hawaiʻi Community College as a global cultural-academic resource for experiencing hula as a grounded, well informed foundation for the promotion of environmental kinship in and beyond Hawaiʻi, doing so within the context of modern lifestyles.  The mission is to promote a population of Hula practitioners that are informed through authentic experience the value of indigenous life-ways for today.  Moreover, as we are all "connected", UNUKUPUKUPU is about fueling these connections for the sheer purpose of insuring that the human spirit continues to pulse and function in the face of modernity.

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HAWAIʻI PAPA O KE AO: Hawaiʻi Community College is one of seven college's and 3 universities of the University of Hawaiʻi System, the only public institution of higher education in the state. Collectively, the entire UH-System is undergoing a transformation that will position the UH-System as a Global Indigenous-Serving Institution, advocating the role of indigenous life-ways through academia. Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao (Hawaiʻi, Foundations of Enlightenment) is the name given this transformative initiative and UNUKUPUKUPU is indeed a model of how indigenous foundations not only lead to learner cultural-academic success, but positions the learner as an advocate for environmental kinship and global connections. 

HE WELINA PUMEHANA: A Warm Welcome, do come and experience the heartbeat of Hawaiʻi through our sacred expressions of hula, rekindling the very spark of knowing we are family!

Dr. Tangarō was a participant in the 2012 Campus and Community Festival program. This video was produced as part of the Hawai'i participation in the upcoming 2013 Folklife Festival program One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage. Stay tuned for more previews of this program.

photo and book coverLele Kawa: Fire Rituals Of Pele
by Taupōuri Tangarō

Kamehameha Publishing

 

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"Our traditional myths together with our scientific DNA postures one simple truth: We are all connected. To contribute to this truth in a way that is empowering, liberating, profound, and environmentally reciprocal is a great reason to come to work."
-Taupōuri Tangarō

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I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Hawaiʻi Community College
Manono Campus, Bldg. 380, Room 34
Tel: (808) 934-2600
Fax: (808) 934-2601
Email: ioh@hawaii.edu

Faculty

Noel Tagab-CruzN. Kaʻiako Tagab-Cruz

Program Coordinator, Hawaiʻi Life Styles
Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2616
tagab@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2007, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA 2017, Union Institute and University

N. Kaʻiako Tagab-Cruz is an Instructor and the Coordinator of I Ola Hāloa - Hawai`i Life Styles program. She holds a B.A. in Community Studies and a M.A. in Leadership, Public Policy, and Social Issues with a focus on Native Hawaiian Leadership. Kaʻiako is an ʻūniki ʻailolo graduate of Hālau o Lilinoe and Unukupukupu.

TangaroDr. Taupōuri Tangarō

Director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement
Professor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 389B-103
(808) 934-2575
taupouri@hawaii.edu

 

BA 1992, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MEd 1995, Heritage College, Washington
PhD 2004, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio
BOR Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009

Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō is a professor of Hawaiian Studies at Hawaiʻi Community College, and serves as the Director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement, with direct report to HawCC and UHH chancellors, respectively. He holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, an M.A.Ed. in Professional Development, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is an ʻūniki ʻailolo graduate of Hālau O Kekuhi, and positions hula as the anchor for building capacity in indigenous leadership through academia.

Kalani FloresErik Kalani Flores

Professor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Pālamanui Campus 502-152
(808) 969-8875
ekflores@hawaii.edu

 

BA 1982, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Pele KaioPele Kaio

Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 389B-104
(808) 969-8875
pelekaio@hawaii.edu

 

AA 2010, Hawai'i Community College
AAS 2010, Hawai'i Community College
BA 2013, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MA 2015, Union Institute and University

Aloha kāua. ʻO Pele Kaio koʻu inoa. My father's side of the family is from Lāʻia (Lāʻie), Oʻahu and my mother's family is from ʻAiea, Oʻahu and Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi. I teach courses in hula, Hawaiian studies and 'ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) at Hawaiʻi Community College. Currently, I serve as the Kīpaepae Protocols Committee Chair at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. I received my A.A.S. in Hawaiian Studies - Hula and A.A. in Liberal Arts here at Hawaiʻi Community College. I completed my undergraduate studies in Geography with a minor in Hawaiian Studies at UH Hilo and received my M.A. in History and Culture from Union Institute and University. I am an ʻūniki ʻailolo of Unukupukupu and the kumu hula of Unulau. I love to meet new students, learn with them and tap into their potential - everyone has the potential to succeed and make meaning out of life.
I ola e nā kini ē!

Tracy Kuulei KanaheleTracy Kuʻulei Kanahele

Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 389B-107
(808) 934-2605
tracyk@hawaii.edu

 

BA 1998, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MA 2001, Central Michigan University

Tracy Kuʻulei Kanahele is an instructor at Hawai`i Community College's Hawai`i Life Styles program. She holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, a M.A.Ed, and is a PhD candidate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization. Aside from teaching at the college, Kuʻulei also volunteers at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo public charter school, where she teaches Hawaiian language to faculty and staff.

Akeamakamae KiyunaĀkeamakamae Kiyuna

Hawaiian Studies/Language Culture Pathways Coordinator
Instructor of Hawaiian Studies
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2609
akiyuna@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2010, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
MA 2012, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

ʻO wau nō ʻo Ākeamakamae Kiyuna a he kupa kēia no ka ʻāina ʻo ʻAiea, Oʻahu. I am from ʻAiea, Oʻahu, with roots also in Hōnaunau, Hawaiʻi. I did my undergraduate studies in Hawaiian Studies and Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and received an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I have been teaching at the college and university level for the past six years and I absolutely love my job and working with students because I learn just as much from them as they do from me. I hope that I am fortunate enough to learn from you!

Staff

Monica Burnett Monica Burnett

Educational Specialist
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2604
mburnett@hawaii.edu

 

AS 1992, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Community Colleges Leadership Champion, Generation XI
Monica was born in Honolulu and raised in Kaūmana and Puna, Hawaiʻi. A proud alumna of Hawaiʻi Community College, she has been working at the I Ola Hāloa Center since August of 2000. Monica enjoys helping as well as getting to know the students. She believes that every student has the opportunity to be successful at HawaiiCC and beyond. On her days off, she loves spending time with her ʻohana.

Tiffany Naea Tiffany Naea

Educational Specialist
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2603
naea@hawaii.edu

 

AA Liberal Arts 2011, Hawaiʻi Community College
BA Communication 2012, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
BA Psychology 2014, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Aloha nui! My name is Tiffany Naea
I was born in Hilo and raised in Oʻahu... but I moved back to Hilo about 25 years ago to raise my children on this beautiful Moku o Keawe. Iʻve been married for 27 years, and I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren who all live in Hilo. Hilo is home.
I work at the I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles Office as an Educational Specialist.
Iʻm also a Hawaiʻi Community College student majoring in Hawaiian Studies. Iʻm a lifelong learner and am so excited and thankful to be a part of this Hawaiʻi Community College Hawaiian Studies Program.

KekaikaneKekaikane-Olaho'ikeikonamanakalena Lindsey

Hawaiian Language and Culture Pathways Facilitator
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
kekaikan@hawaii.edu

 

BA Haʻawina Hawaiʻi 2018, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Kekai Lindsey is a graduate of Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, the College of Hawaiian Language, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Kekai is enthusiastic of opportunities that embolden student success and strengthen an awareness of cultural identity through Hawaiian Language and cultural education.

KauilanuimakehaikalaniKauilanuimakehaikalani Keali’ikanaka’oleohaililani

Academic Support, Educational Specialist
I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles

Manono Campus 380-34
(808) 934-2600
kauilas@hawaii.edu

 

ASC Hawaiian Life Styles 2011, Hawaii Community College
AAS Hula 2011, Hawaii Community College
AA Liberal Arts 2013, Hawaii Community College
BA Art 2013, University of Hawaii at Hilo
AA Fashion & Merchandise 2016, The New School

Kauilanuimakehaikalani Keali’ikanaka’oleohaililani was born and raised in Hawaiʻi. He is a Native Hawaiian artist, designer, traditional practitioner and māhū (LGBTQ+), steeped in the cultural practice of Hula ‘Aiha‘a (Native Hawaiian Dance), ritual chant and dance through Hālau o Kekuhi (Dance School) for over 20 years. Kauila is a steward of ritual and ceremony of global cultural exchange. Kauila graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and in Fashion Design at Parsons The New School in New York City. While in New York, Kauila led the kīpaepae and protocol ceremony for welcoming the Hōkūleʻa, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, on its historic global circumnavigation.

 

Dane Malu Dudoit Dane Malu Dudoit

Community Engagement Facilitator
Mōkaulele Office of the Chancellor

Upper Campus 380-34
Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center
(808) 932-7847
dudoitd@hawaii.edu

 

BA 2016, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

ʻAnoʻai me ke aloha iā kākou pākahi! ʻO wau nō ʻo Malu Dudoit, no Maui me Molokaʻi mai au. Aloha kākou, my name is Malu Dudoit and I am from Maui and Molokai. I have been in Hilo since 2011 and just recently graduated in 2016 with my Bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Studies from the Hawaiian language and culture college, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Currently, I work for Mōkaulele Office of the Chancellor as the Community Engagement Facilitator, providing service in protocols and curriculum development to our native Hawaiian students, faculty/staff, administrators, and communities.