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April’s Hanohano ‘O Kona Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m., Friends of NELHA Gateway Visitor Center, Kailua Kona

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On Wednesday, April 25, Kona Historical Society is honored to present for their Hanohano `O Kona lecture series Hannah Kihalani Springer and Kumu Keala Ching. They will be highlighting the importance of Kona’s place names, their role in preserving history and the perpetuation of history through chant and song.


This free event will be held at the Friends of NELHA Gateway Visitor Center, located at 73-4460 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy #125 in Kailua-Kona.


The speakers will present a lecture highlighting the importance of Kona’s place names, their role in preserving history and the perpetuation of history through chant and song. Hannah will highlight historic preservation as embodied by learning and using Hawaiian place names, as well as regional and occupational accents and vocabulary. `Oli and mele, presented by Kumu Keala, further illustrates the poetry and beauty of these place names, and the role of these cultural practices in preserving the history of a place through its Hawaiian name.

Kumu Keala Ching is a Hawaiian cultural educator, composer, song writer, and spiritual advisor to many Hawaiian organizations. Kumu Keala lives and breathes aloha into his Hawaiian heritage with his strong presence and great heart.  Hannah Kihalani Springer is a life-long student of the cultural and natural histories of Hawai‘i. She lives with her family on the their homestead, Kukui‘ohiwai at Ka‘ūpūlehu, North Kona. Hannah enjoys the lava lands and remaining dryforest of the northwest flank of her Hualālai home.

This is the April portion of a community lecture series held every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00p.m., that spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai’i, this lecture series is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. Free of charge, it is open to all, residents and visitors alike. For more information call 808-323-3222. Click here for the full schedule of upcoming lectures.