Na Maka o Ka Aina
Format: DVD; 20 minutes
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Kaleipua Pahulehua – Na Hulu Kupuna series
Na Hulu Kupuna is a series of video portraits featuring Hawaiians of the kupuna (grandparent) generation sharing knowledge and stories in their native tongue.
In this program, interviewer Tuti Kanahele visits with Kaleipua Pahulehua, originally a native of the island Ni’ihau, who makes her home on Kaua’i.
Following a long-established tradition taught to her as a young girl, Kaleipua makes shell lei, the famous pupu o Ni’ihau. The beauty of the lei are brought out as she presents and names the various kinds of shells and the different techniques for stringing the lei.
Includes aerial footage of the island of Ni’ihau. Videotaped July 31, 1990 at Waimea, Kaua’i. In Hawaiian language; no English subtitles.
Produced in association with ‘Aha Punana Leo. Producers: Makalapua Ka’awa, Ke’ena ‘Olelo Hawai’i University of Hawai’i – Manoa; Lilikala Kame’eleihiwa, Ph.D Center for Hawaiian Studies University of Hawai’i – Manoa