“Makemake mākou e hōʻike i ke koʻikoʻi o nā kula hoʻāmana. No nā ʻōpio kēia hana. Ua hui kekahi haumāna papa puka mai Hālau Kū Māna me ko mākou luna me ka manaʻo e mālama i kahi hanana hoʻokani pila nui. Ua kono pū ʻia nā mea hoʻokani mele me nā ʻōpio e hoʻokani mele pū ai,” i ʻōlelo ai ʻo Kapali Bilyeu, he limahana no Mana Maoli.
“He aloha koʻu no nā mele o koʻu wā kamaliʻi, keu hoʻi nā mele Hawaiʻi,” wahi a Nohea Miller, ka haumāna papa ʻumikūmālua no Hālau Kū Māna.
Wahi hou āna, “he hanana kēia i pili i koʻu wā kamaliʻi. Ka hui ʻana o nā ʻanakē, ʻanakala a kūpuna ma ka hoʻokani pila. Me ka loaʻa o nā keiki, e nanea ana, e hula a pāʻani pū ana. Pēlā koʻu ʻano a makemake au e kaʻanalike i kēia pilina me ka poʻe ʻē aʻe.”
“Wahi a Kekoa Kane, he kanaka hoʻokani mele, “ʻaʻole lua e like ai me kēia hoʻokani pila a launa ʻana, keu hoʻi me nā haumāna.”
“ʻO ka mea nui, ʻo ia ka hoʻolauna ʻana i nā haumāna me nā poʻe hoʻokani mele. Nui ko kēia mau haumāna kalena. Maikaʻi ko kēia poʻe hīmeni kākoʻo ʻana i nā keiki ma ka hōʻoia ʻana i ko lākou kalena,” i ʻōlelo ai ʻo Kapali.
Wahi hou a Kekoa, “he kumuhoʻohālike kēia poʻe no nā haumāna. He mea nui kēia aʻoaʻo ʻana a launa ʻana o ka poʻe hīmeni me kēia mau ʻōpio. Lawe nā ʻōpio i kēia ʻike a mālama a hoʻoikaika ʻia ko lākou ʻano kanaka.”
E hoʻohana ʻia ana ke kālā i hoʻoulu ʻia mai kēia hanana no ke kūʻai ʻana i nā mea hoʻokani pila. E hoʻohana ʻia ana kēia mau mea hoʻokani pila e nā kanaka hoʻokani pila o ka hui Mana Maoli ke kipa lākou i nā kula a aʻoaʻo i nā haumāna ma nā kula hoʻāmana o Oʻahu.
Music’s ability to bridge generations is powerful. At the Mana Maoli All-Star Kanikapila Mashup, this relationship between all ages was done Hawaiian style, through kanikapila.
“We put together this benefit concert because we really want to raise awareness for our charter schools. It’s what we do. We are here for the youth. We actually had a senior from Hālau Kū Māna come in to our director because she had an idea about putting on a jam session. Inviting all of these local pro-artists, and getting them to connect to the youth by providing the youth to come and play as well,” says Kapali Bilyeu, a worker from Mana Maoli.
“I just have a deep love for the music that I’ve always grew up, grew up with, yeah. Especially, particularly, traditional Hawaiian music. This whole, Kanikapila Jam Sesh is all a reflection of my childhood. All the aunties, uncles, kūpuna just all sitting in a circle, jamming, playing music, and then there’s always the keikis, the keiki is always around, enjoying it, dancing playing around, going crazy..that was me. Now I’m trynna like push this Kanikapila thing, to go further with peoples ʻohanas and..just friends, family,” says Senior Nohea Miller, from Hālau Kū Māna.
“Being able to like, jam or not just that, but not even playing but just to be around them, to get to know them on a more personal level is just unreal, especially the haumāna,” says Kekoa Kane, a local musician.
“The biggest thing is connecting students with pro-artists. I’ve seen a lot of students with so much talent, and they think they are not able to make it in a career in music. So it’s good that we have these pro-artists to come and say, ʻhey, you can do this,ʻ” says Kapali.
Kekoa also says that, “it’s people they look up to, you know, it’s like, wow, you know that guy is amazing, but he took the time to come and see me and to teach me, and I think that the kids, they learn that and they take that with them, and it makes them better people.“
The proceeds from the event will be used to buy musical instruments, to be used by artists of the Mana Maoli Collective when doing school visits and mentorships at Oʻahu charter schools.