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KA MAKAHIKI O
NĀ MEA HOʻOKANI

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Our Mission

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Mālie Foundation is to provide events that educate, promote, preserve and perpetuate

the Hawaiian culture through its varied activities for all people.

Upcoming Events

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KAUAʻI MOKIHANA FESTIVAL

SAVE THE DATE:
SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2024

A week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, including educational lectures and music and hula competitions on the island of Kauaʻi.

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Alison

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The Mālie Story

THE MĀLIE STORY

In 1984, James ʻEkolu Pānui, Larry Keliʻi Duhaylongsod and Nathan Liberato Kahikolu Kahapeʻa Kalama started the first Kauaʻi Composers Contest and Concert with $300 in their pockets - a grant from the Hasegawa Komuten Relations Board. With the support of radio station KUAI 720 and Mayor Eduardo Malapit, the first concert was held at the Kauaʻi War Memorial Convention Hall. They were lucky if there were 50 people in the audience...but they made a $5 profit! These 3 men were known as the muscial group Mālie and had a unique quality of harmony, blend ryhthm and style that set them apart from other local Hawaiian groups. All three played several instruments, could sing 3 or 4 parts, composed many songs, individually and collectively, and danced hula for Willy Kalaʻau Pulawa in the early 1980s. Though Larry, ʻEkolu and Nathan are gone, the legacy they left to and for the island of Kauaʻi lives on through the

Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival.

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THE MĀLIE SONG

JAPAN MOKIHANA FESTIVALS

Hula Competition & Exhibition

February 23, 2025

THE MĀLIE SCHOLARSHIP

In 1987, Nathan convinced Larry and ʻEkolu that they should start a scholarship fund to send children to Pūnana Leo Preschool. At one of their Christmas concerts, they donated $300 to this effort and this was matched by a an sitting in the audience - Buddy McGuire. Over the years, the scholarship has expanded to include other categories. In the last few years, funds have been raised through donations for an ʻukulele and case made and donated by a committed local island couple.

We welcome you to apply for the Mālie Scholarship, which provies up to $250 for a Kauaʻi student enrolled in Pūnana Leo, a Kamehameha Schools' Explorations Series, or Kauaʻi Community College Hawaiian Aademic Subject Certificate program, and provides up to $500 to Kauaʻi schools or organizations serving Hawaiian immersion schools, charter schools, Nā Pua Noʻeau, or the community. Students and all activities must perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and/or the Hawaiian language. All applicants are required to submit their application, along with two letters of recommendation, for consideration.

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CONNECT

P.O. Box 13 | Kapaʻa, HI 96746 | (808) 651-1868 | kumuhulamaka@yahoo.com

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