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I Ulu I Ke KumuThe Hawaiinuiakea Monograph$
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M. Puakea Nogelmeier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780984566600

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780984566600.001.0001

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Simple Truths, Profound Gratitude:“I won’t ever embarrass my kumu!”

Simple Truths, Profound Gratitude:“I won’t ever embarrass my kumu!”

(p.39) Simple Truths, Profound Gratitude:“I won’t ever embarrass my kumu!”
I Ulu I Ke Kumu

Robert Uluwehionāpuaikawēkiuokalani Cazimero

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, the author offers his insights about cultural knowledge and practices in Hawaiian communities were passed from mākua (parents) to kamaliʻi (children), from kumu (teacher) to haumana (student), and from hulu kupuna (treasured elder) to ka pua noʻeau (the gifted learner). One of Hawaiʻi's respected kumu hula, a teacher of Hawaiian dance, the author shares his experience in hula—the mentorship and training he received and the cultural practice he now perpetuates. While hula and mele are his preferred media, the author reflects about his personal journey of learning and teaching and learning again. He emphasizes the value of patience and claims that his life is one of perpetual gratitude that just wants to keep on giving. The author's story reminds us that practices from the past are always present.

Keywords:   cultural knowledge, cultural practices, kumu, Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian dance, hula, learning, teaching, patience, gratitude

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