OUR MISSION STATEMENT
KHOI is dedicated to the cultural learning of its haumāna (students) through hula. It is our mission to learn, teach, and perpetuate all aspects of hula from our lineage through ʻōlelo (language), mele (song), moʻolelo (stories) and hana noʻeau (crafts). We welcome all to join our 'ohana in learning about Hawaiʻi’s rich culture and history.
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Kū i ka māna
The ʻolelo noʻeau (proverb), "kū i ka māna" serves as the foundation for KHOI. It has been translated by Mary Kawena Pukui as, "like the one from who he received what he learned"— referencing the ʻike (knowledge) that has been passed from kupuna (elder) to keiki (child). In the Hawaiian culture, genealogy is the lifeline to traditional cultural learning— and this is especially true in hula. Tradition and protocol are passed from generation to generation, so it is of the utmost importance to care for that knowledge. With privilege, comes the responsibility of being a reflection of kupuna from who it was gained. While culture is always evolving, innovation should be built on top of the foundation laid down for us.
Our logo depicts the ʻilima blossom, representing the namesake of our director and the designated flower of Oʻahu. Its fragile blossoms, when strung into a lei, were once worn only by aliʻi (royalty). The crimson backdrop of our logo represents our Pele hula lineage and loea hula, Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett.
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1850 Hacienda Dr. Suite #17
Vista, CA 92081