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Kumu Hula Greg Lontayao
Kuhai Halau `o Kahealani Pa `Olapa Kahiko
Kumu Hula Mary Kupau
The mana`o behind this design is a personal one to Kumu Mary.
However, to summarize the whole story as it relates to me, this designs speaks to having an open mind, heart, and spirit. As a student for so many years, finally graduating and stepping foot into the real world makes you feel as if your "student" days are over. But to understand the reality is to know that you are always going to be a "student".
The kukui nut is represented by the U-shaped designs. To old Hawaiians, the kukui nut was used for its oils as it fuels a flame. Kukui Helepo is translated to "lantern" because the nut was used as a "flashlight" or "lantern" so it was possible to see in the dark; to see what could not be seen.
In the design, 5 kukui nuts, stacked on each other, has a line through it representing the lamp stand. The design itself represents the understanding and acceptance of a lifetime of education!
Mahalo Ke Akua!!!
Hawai`i Culture and Retail Association (HCRA) logo (1st version)
The story behind this is pretty simple. The design of the 3 small triangles come from the "Homeless Man" design. To me, it has the same meaning, so I felt it felt appropriate to adopt it and show the spot light in just the triangles and it's mana'o. The triangles represent the new sprout of life. A new beginning in the lives of the artisans of HCRA. For example, me. It's my personal experience in the design. Mahalo to HCRA for that. The 2 other sets of the design is in the back and is fading. I used 3 designs because I believe in recognizing the Holy Trinity, or 'Ekolu Mea Nui, by using the number #3. It represents the creators of HCRA, the mentors and platform for us artisans to stand on and begin. It represents the shadow of them behind me and watching and caring for me. The size represents the fulfillment, success, and accomplishments each creator has accomplished. With that, HCRA guide us and teaches us the same so we can one day have our own accomplishments. The fade-ness represents the past to present, present being the darkest. So long story short, it talks about growth, life, and sharing of knowledge and mana. Nothing selfish.
Mahalo Ke Akua!!
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This kiʻi talks about the connection between a child and its parent(s), or a parent(s) and their child.When people say "I am my mother's child" or "I am my fathers son/daughter", I hear "I am my mother" and "I am my father," not in a disrespectful or wise-ass way, but in a deep sense; my DNA is copied-paste from my parents to me like 1 word file to another; we are the same. That is represented by the 3 different triangles; 2 being a different thickness than the other, that is the two more matured parents.We come from the same place, and that is our neutral ground between us (child and parent). That balancing place, to me, is the ʻāina around us and all of God's creation. It's NOA: its free. That is represented by the bordering box around the kiʻi.
Mahalo Ke Akua!
Halau Ke`ala O Ka `Iliahi
Kumu Hula Ipo Silva