PUBLISH DATE: 15-JUL-2019
Wailea, (Maui) Hawai’i Monday, July 15, 2019
Michael Pye, Fairmont Kea Lani Area General Manager is pleased to announce and welcome Kumu Kapono Kamaunu as Cultural Advisor for the luxury Wailea resort. Kapono will lead the ongoing cultural programming available to both guests and colleagues of Fairmont Kea Lani.
“It is an honor and privilege to have Kumu Kapono Kamaunu lead the cultural direction of Fairmont Kea Lani. The knowledge he shares from our kupuna (ancestors) will guide us in our stewardship as hosts of our resort,” remarks Pye. “We look forward to enhancing the way we share Hawai’i’s culture and traditions with our colleagues and global guests,” he continues.
Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Kumu Kapono Kamaunu began studying Hawaiian culture, language, hula and the arts in 1993 under the direction of prominent Hawaiian scholars and artists Na Kumu Hula Keli’i Tau’a and Charles Ka’upu of Halau Maui Nui o Kama. Kapono has taught hula at Haleakala Waldorf School, HP Baldwin High School and University Hawai’i Maui Campus – Maui Language Institute. For nearly two decades, he has performed as chanter / emcee at Maui’s Old Lahaina Lu’au. Kumu Kapono Kamaunu along with his wife Kumu Kanoe, founded Halau Manaiakalani in 2002. The hula halau (house of hula instruction) competes locally and internationally. Kumu Kapono along with his wife, are owners of Na Kani O Hula, where they create, sell and host workshops teaching others to make hula implements. Kumu Kapono Kamaunu works with Hawaiian Outrigger canoe Voyaging Society, as a cultural practitioner and leads the organization in teaching and performing protocol chants for the wa’a (canoe).
“As cultural advisor, it is a privilege for me to work with Fairmont Kea Lani’s colleagues and guests to nurture and grow their ongoing relationship with our Hawaiian community. Through education and exposure to traditional customs and practices together we will share the knowledge of our kupuna. By growing an appreciation for the ways of the past, we are able to better understand the practices of today and give our island’s visitors a truly authentic experience and understanding of the Hawaiian culture,” explains Kapono.
Fairmont Kea Lani’s cultural programing is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and creating authentic and meaningful connections for guests and colleagues alike. Under Kapono’s cultural leadership the resort will foster a deeper understanding of the island’s history and traditions along with sense of place. Guest activities include `Ōlelo (Hawaiian Language), E Komo Mai (Welcome) Tour, daily E Ala E (Awakening), Hula and Ukulele lessons, along with seasonal celebrations surrounding Makahiki, May/Lei Day and more.