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“Ke ala ke aloha ma ka hikina”

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Ke ala ke aloha ma ka hikina

This mele ka'i (processional dance) and pule ho'onoa is a prayer to Laka for freeing the hula of kapu. It is performed by Anthony La'akapu Lenchanko (b. 1955), a student of John Kaha'i Topolinski.

This prayer chant was written by Mary Kawena Pukui in 1973 for John Kaha'i Topolinski on the occasion of his graduation from the Halau Hula o Ma'iki (the dance school of the Ma'ik). Ma'iki Aiu Lake (1925-1984) trained and graduated the greatest number of hula masters currently performing and teaching traditional hula. Ma'iki was a student of Rosalie Lokalia Montgomery, who was a student of Katherine Keakaokala Kanahele.

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