Native Hawaiians look to our kūpuna to help us find our pathways through life, to navigate living in two worlds. They guide us by their spiritual wisdom through personal, familial or community difficulties. Kūpuna are the source of experience, knowledge, guidance, strength and inspiration to the next generations, a rich resource to contribute to the betterment of the Hawaiian people. To honor her beloved kūpuna, Kahaulahilahi Vegas, composed her mele aloha, Ka Maile.
The featured photo is of her kumu hula, Leinaʻala Kalama Heine, who passed away this Fall 2015, and someone Lahi – and many of us – calls an inspiration.
Pūpu A ʻO ʻEwa is pleased to feature Ka Maile, an original mele in the Hawaiian language, by Kahaulahilahi Vegas, a graduate of Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa – Leeward CC and UH-West Oʻahu.
Meet the artist: Kahaulahilahi Vegas
‘Auhea ‘oe ka maile o ka pō
ku’uipo onaoa e moani mai nei
He li’a e wili aku i nā kaluhea
Akā e akahai i kēia lau li’i
‘A’ohe lihi launa mai
no ku’u lei aloha
credits: performance recorded by Leeward Community College Educational Media Center; feature photo courtesy of Lahi Vegas; bio video Rokki Midro and Mauna Burgess