Reclaiming Kalakaua, Reclaiming History

Reclaiming Kalakaua, Reclaiming History

Tiffany Ing




Known as the “Merrie Monarch,” King David Kalākaua has been misunderstood by historians, most writing from the perspective of the opposition. The Hawaiian community, in fact, the world at large at the time acknowledged the Monarch to a far greater degree for his keen intellect and sophisticated diplomacy.


Dr. Tiffany Lani Ing, from Mānoa, O‘ahu has a Ph. D. in English from The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and currently is an English teacher on the faculty at  at Hālau Kū Māna.

Her book, Reclaiming Kalākaua: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives on a Hawaiian Sovereign (UH Press), examines ka Mōʻī David La‘amea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Nalaiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua in English- and Hawaiian-language newspapers, books, travelogues, and other materials published in the United States, abroad, and in Hawai‘i during his reign. Her interests include nineteenth-century Hawaiian-language newspapers, nineteenth-century Kānaka ʻŌiwi narratives of Native nationalism, and post-colonial, indigenous discourse and theory.

The above text is from a flyer for Dr. Ing’s talk at the State Archives in October of 2020. 

We are so proud to have such a committed and accomplished member of our ‘Ohana! Whenever one of us thrives, it raises all of us higher – and what better way to do it than to reclaim for the la hui the correct(ed) history of a maligned monarch.

So much of what he did was misunderstood by the foreign press at the time, and by reviewing the Hawaiian language media reports and the correspondence of Alii Nui of that time, the portrait that emerges is that of a King more concerned with the welfare and legacy of his people than his own.

Hana Hoū Dr. Ing!

Book Cover Photo, Reclaimig Kalakaua by Tiffany Ing

The book “Reclaiming Kalakaua”

by Dr. Tiffany Ing

Click image to go to book page at UH Press



Hema Watson




The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has selected its list of up-and-coming culinary stars like our very own Hema Watson, who was selected as the 10th Grade Winner of the Localicious recipe and video contest!


Each year, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival asks students Grades 4-12 to submit a healthy, original recipe that includes locally-grown, raised or caught product(s) for the The Hawai‘i Gas Presents Localicious Recipe & Video Contest.

Hema won with his Ia Omaomao/Pesce Verde recipe, which we canʻt wait to try!

The entire Hālau Kū Māna ʻOhana is proud of Hema and his accomplishment. As a school we try to instill in our students a desire to impact their community in their own way.

Hemaʻs winning recipe and vieo are linked below. 

Way to go, Hema!

Hema Watson shares his winning recipe.

YouTube Video provided by Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Mākeke Makahiki (II)

Mākeke Makahiki (II)

Mahalo nui loa again to all our donors for helping us to reinvigorate and re-energize our kula by graciously giving to our inaugural Mākeke Makahiki.

We are thankful for the community’s kōkua in helping us make this happen. More updates to come on our silent auction from November 25-29, 2020.

#halaukumana #papakumana #makakemakahiki

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Halau Kū Māna is actively seeking to fill the following positions for School Year 2020-2021:

Full-Time Permanent Sub Math/Science Part-Time Office Assistant
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La ‘Ohana #2

La ‘Ohana #2

Dear Hālau Kū Māna `Ohana,

Lā ‘Ohana are mandatory school days that are designated on the school year calendar. For each Lā ‘Ohana, the student and at least 1 family member are expected to attend. Each Lā ʻOhana takes on a theme and activities are designed around that theme. It is also an opportunity to display student work, witness hōʻike (student performance/ presentations), and engage in relevant and meaningful learning experiences.

The upcoming Lā ‘Ohana is scheduled for this Saturday, September 26, 2020 and will introduce you to your child’s project. We have set up a website which will guide you through our virtual presentations. Please find the details of our Lā ‘Ohana below.

  • LINK: HKM La `Ohana
  • DATE: Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • TIME: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (*Please log in about 10 minutes prior)
8:30 AM All School Opening
8:35 AM Greeting & Announcements from Po`o Kula Mrs. Noa
9:00 AM Break-out into projects
10:05 AM Aha Makua & Po`o Kula Hui
10:30 AM Pau

If you have questions, please call the school office at (808) 945-1600 or email me at

Mālama `oia `i`o,

Mrs. Keolani Noa
Po`o Kula