KA MAKAHIKI O
NĀ PUA LEI ALOHA
Year of Garlands of Love
He aha kāu pua punahele?
What is your favorite flower?
Aloha! My name is Wilbert Koa Tai Hook, known to many as Puka. Born and raised on the North Shore of Kaua’i. A 3rd generation taro farmer on my dads side and 4th generation on my moms side...
KAUAʻI MOKIHANA FESTIVAL
A week-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, including educational lectures and music and hula competitions on the island of Kauaʻi.
Photos used for educational and promotional purposes only. © 2018 John Keoni Bryant.
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 and ʻEkolu are gone, the legacy they left to and for the island of Kauaʻi lives on through the
Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival.
THE MĀLIE SONG
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.
THE MĀLIE AWARDS
Seeing the opportunity to give back to Kauaʻi, Mālie founded the Mālie Awards. Given every year through 2001, the award honored individuals, groups and businesses that showed a high standard of excellence in the promotion, preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian music on the island of Kauaʻi.
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.