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Naue Mai Kakou

by Kamanawa

Composed by Kawaikapuokalani Hewett as a means to lend a voice during a sensitive time in Hawaiian history. “Ku Kiaʻi Mauna” & the fight for justice against the development of a large telescope upon our beloved Mauna Kea.
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In mid July of 2019, the intensity of the TMT Protest upon our piko of Mauna Kea began to take shape once again. Meanwhile, I was overwhelmed with several Hula celebrations overseas. Upon my return home to Honolulu the advancement of the multitudes forming at the summit of Mauna Kea was at an all time crescendo! I realized at some point I would get involved very soon! Not a moment later, my emails began to increase rapidly with reports of my hālau hula organizations being contacted by other various organizations for support at this critical moment in time. I made an instantaneous decision to have my hula organizations standby until I could find a unified purpose in which to rally and cohesively get behind Kū Kiaʻi Mauna. That “purpose” became this mele! Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, called me “out-ofthe-blue” and we spoke about another subject matter that soon became the subject of the “Mauna.” Nextthing a know, I have a mele in my hands in less than 10minutes of our conversation. I knew this was all meant to be and that now I had a purpose to rally my people! This mele was to be the “ice-breaker” towards building, forming and establishing a massive cohesive force to support Kū Kiaʻi Mauna. Coupled with this mele is the much needed educational component in which to coordinate a curriculum lesson plan for all of my organizations to fully understand and comprehend what this fight is truly all about and why Mauna Kea is so sacred to Hawaiians and what it means to our hula. And so the purpose became a reality in less than 24hrs after my conversation with Kawaikapu. On July 31st, Wednesday, Kamanawa (Blaine Kia & Kalei Kahalewai), Percussionist - Jon Porlas, and Blaineʻs two of three keiki,
Mahiehielehua(w)age 18 and Kikaukahananui(k) age 13, joined in to lend back vocals as we anxiously recorded the song with great enthusiasm. The recording took place at AUWAʻA Studios - Engineered by Kale Chang. And in 4-5 hours (over 2 days) the mele was complete!

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this single will be donated to a foundation in support of Ku Kia'a Mauna

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