Hawaiian Culture Event - August

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Hawaiian Culture Event - Stories of Kalapana with Uncle Fai-o
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Uncle Fai-O

Kalani's series of Hawaiian Culture Events feature a different Hawaiian cultural practitioner who speaks and shares 'ike (wisdom) through talk story, hō`ike`ike (demonstration), or hana`ana (performances).

These Hawaiian Culture Events provide a unique forum where Hawai`i and its peoples can come together and share cultural knowledge, customs, and aloha to all willing to receive.

Admission: Free / Donation

This month's theme:

Talk Story with Kupuna Uncle Fai-o: “Kalapana stories back in the day”

Join us on this very special evening of “talk story” with living treasure and kupuna (elder) Uncle Fai-o of Kalapana.  He will be sharing stories of his unique childhood growing up in the Hawaiian village of Kalapana, his `ike (knowledge) about the beliefs and customs of holoholo (fishing) and wa`a (canoes) of the past and present, and of wahi pana – storied places.  Come and listen to Uncle’s stories of Kalapana back in the day!

From Uncle Fai-o:

My name is James Fai-o Jeong.  My kupuna kāne (grandfather) is Alama Kahilihiwa and my kupuna wahine (grandmother) is Ka`ōiwikapuokalani Kahilihiwa.  I was born in Honolulu, O`ahu on August 16, 1946. After a couple of weeks of my birth, my grandpa and grandma took me to Kalapana where I was raised.  I went to Kalapana school in the early 50’s, first through 6th grade.  Later to Pāhoa High School, 7th -12th grade.  I graduated in 1964.  In 1967, I went to Tech. School in Hilo.  I took up sheet-metal and welding and graduated in 1969.  I started my own sheet-metal and welding business in 1987.  Now rest time!

Mahalo nui loa, 

Uncle Fai-o Jeong