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Welina mai kākou e nā hoa o Ku‘ialuaopuna!

Kuʻialuaopuna is dedicated to preserving the ancient Hawaiian fighting art of Lua.

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Established in 2005 in the land of Puna, Hawaiʻi. Our Mission is to promote and preserve cultural and traditional knowledge through the use and practice of our indigenous fighting arts.

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Mamao is a family oriented workshop that teaches various mo‘olelo, or stories, chants, and skills related to the Cultural Practices of Puna.

Participation on the Discussion Page requires Membership.  If you are interested, submit an application here.

Mamao Program

Highlights from our recent Mamao Workshop held November 2022.  Check it out for more learning opportunities!!

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Ku‘ialuaopuna continues the art of Lua from the passing of knowledge and teachings of respected ‘Ōlohe and kupuna.  

Our Team works as one to continue this legacy and develop current opportunities as an active community contributor.

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Ku‘ialuaopuna is committed to the following goals:

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  • Maintain the continuation of the Lua, an indigenous Hawaiian fighting art and practice.

  • Create traditional learning spaces for the youth of Puna through hands-on learning classes to develop, for our keiki, connections to self, ‘ohana, community, ‘āina (land or environment), and indigenous cultural practices.

  • Build a facility in Puna with proper infrastructure for all community organizations to utilize for cultural practices.

  • Build a repository of traditional knowledge for the people of Hawai‘i and Polynesia by conducting the necessary research, documenting interviews, translating dialogue and film, and developing a secure online space for members to access

A hālau. or school, is where traditional learning takes place.  The environment plays a vital role in the students learning process and understanding that we are part of the forest, land, ocean, and sky. All these forces have a living energy that we can choose to be a part of in the learning process, which makes us aware that we are not the only inhabitants on the land and our kupuna are here with us.

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 This is  one of our  educational sites that are open for use, to other practitioners and educational groups of various professions and arts. This is a more traditional classroom setting where the environment plays a vital role in the students learning process and understanding, in that we are part of the forest, land, ocean and sky. All these forces have a living energy that we can choose to be apart of in the learning process, which makes us aware that we are not the only inhabitants on the land and our kupuna are here with us.

If you are interested to use our facility for your Workshop, contact us.

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Let's unify across the Pacific!

The various arts of a people can be traced through a genealogy. This genealogy that can be followed from teacher to teacher, from a people to a people or from one island group to another. From the various migrations that came to Hawaiʻi, from Tahiti, Sāmoa, Tonga, Marquesas and other places, we  look to establish connections and relationships.