I am the Kaanapali Alii Hotel Manager and also the Hawaiian Cultural Advisor. This Summer I will again offer my popular Ukulele Classes for keiki which often include storytelling. Classes are free for guests of Kaanapali Alii and will be offered for children ages 6-12, from June 16-August 8, 2014, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. No experience is necessary. Lessons are limited to 6 guests each day.
I have been both a student and a teacher of Hawaiian cultural practices for over a decade. I was part of the development of a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” program in continuing education & training at the Maui Community College. I’ve also applied my knowledge of Hawaiian values and practices in a variety of corporate positions within Hawaii’s visitor industry. I was honored to study chant and Hawaiian culture with some of Hawaii’s leading kumu (teachers) and am always ready to share my knowledge when guests of Kaanapali Alii who show an interest.
As I’m teaching ukulele I often have an opportunity to talk about Hawaiian values such as kuleana (personal responsibility), kokua (care), laulima (working together), and aloha (unconditional love). I enjoy sharing music and stories with the kids. They especially like to learn ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow.’ When space allows the parents can join in. Return guests look forward to showing me their progress!