On Monday, 22 May 2017, the Hawai’i Pāmaomao group visited the National University of Samoa, hosted by the Centre for Samoan Studies. Many of the NUS staff and students enjoyed the groups presentation of Hawaiian dance performances and were also treated to a little of the backgrounds of specific dance movements as well as the significance of the Hula dance to the Hawaiian people.
Hawai’i Pāmaomao is an indigenous exchange program aiming to bridge University of Hawai’i at Hilo and Hawai’i Community College academic communities (in the Big Island of Hawai’i) with individuals and communities in the Pacific Islands region to build leadership and cultural relationships. They are visiting NUS as they are very much interested in learning about our Samoan Studies programs.
The leader of the group is Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō, who is a teacher of Hawaiian language and culture, kumu hula, chanter, and artist, who has now been named director of Hawaiian culture and protocols engagement for University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College. Other members include Hawaiian language teachers, kumu hula, and musicians like Keali’i Reichel who is a well-known kumu hula and bestselling singer and songwriter Hawaiian music.
Kainoa Ariola – Sukisaki Director of Advising, UH Hilo
Kekoa Harman Associate Professor – Hawaiian Studies, UH Hilo
Kaumualii Harman Student – Nawahīokalaniōpuʻu Hawaiian Immersion Program
Hoʻoleina Ioane Leadership Development Program Specialist – Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, UH Hilo
Kamalani Johnson Instructor – Hawaiian Studies, UH Hilo
Pele Kaio Instructor – Hula, HawCC
Gail Makuakāne-Lundin – Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Director Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, UH Hilo
Hanalei Marzan Hawaiian Scholar-in-Residence – UH Hilo & Cultural Specialist Bishop Museum
Dr. Huihui Kanahele Mossman Associate Director – Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, UH Hilo
Kealii Reichel Hawaiian Scholar-in-Residence – UH Hilo & Musician, Kumu Hula
Noʻel Tagab-Cruz Community Engagement Facilitator – HawCC
Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō Director, Hawaiian Culture & Protocols Engagement – UH Hilo & HawCC