I’m often asked, “Why are you opening a space in Kailua and not in town where everyone is?”
In 2008 I had the opportunity to get work done on my leg by Keone Nunes. I remember sitting down with him and my parents. My mom did most of the talking and I only spoke when spoken to.
It was a big chapter in my life. I was coming up to the end of my Masters Degree and assistantship program as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Redlands. I didn’t know what was next for me but one constant in life was my deep connection to the Hawaiian culture. My roots. My home.
Part of the work done on my leg by Keone shared the stories of where I’m from.
Not only is Ko’olaupoko (Kailua) my home, but it’s where I draw much of my mana. I am surrounded by strength. Kamapua’a (boar god) in the Ko’olau, Hauwahine (mo’o goddess) in Kawainui, and Kūhaimoana (shark god) in Kailua bay. There’s the gentle ‘Aupuakea rain that dances across Kailua and gives you sweet kisses. There is the cool Malanai winds that embraces you like a loved one you haven’t seen for a long time – you can’t help but close your eyes and smile
Opening up a space for The Kū Project and Ku Performance in Kailua was always part of the plan. It’s where I get to share the mana, tell my story, and inspire others to be Kū
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