Kumu Keala and the members of
Nā Wai Iwi Ola feel very strongly about the importance of giving back to the community. One of the ways we do this is by participating in events to raise awareness or funds for community or cultural resources.
About Nā Wai Iwi Ola
Pana ka pu'uwai ho'okahi.
Our hearts beat as one.
Kumu Keala Ching is a Hawaiian cultural educator, composer, song writer, and spiritual advisor to many Hawaiian organizations. Kumu Keala lives and breathes aloha into his Hawaiian heritage with his strong presence and great heart.
Keala Ching was a dancer of the Men of Waimapuna under the direction of the late Darrel Ihi'ihilauakea Lupenui. In 1999 he became a practitioner of Ho'oponopono with Kupuna Malia Craver, a cultural specialist at the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's center. He recently graduated from Chaminade University, Masters of Education Leadership Administration.
Under the tutelage of Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Kumu Keala has spent many years learning and building his knowledge. He received the 'uniki rites of kumu hula. He is fluent in the Hawaiian language, which he uses as the foundation for teaching all of his students.
He currently lives in Kailua-Kona, where he is Kumu Hula for Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola. As a composer of chants and mele, he travels the world to share hula. Kumu Keala is Co-founder and Executive Director of Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation. He is also Kumu Hula and cultural advisor to Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola - Japan, Hālau Nā Wai Pana o Keala - Kumu Yukari Uchio; Hālau Nā Wai ʻUla o Keala - Kumu Mayumi Takaki both in Japan; and Hālau Nā Wai ʻŌhiʻa - Kumu Noëlle Delaquis in Zurich, Switzerland.
Nā Wai Iwi Ola was founded 19. September 2000
in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Nā Wai Iwi Ola is a 501(C)3 non profit organization. Donations made in accordance with IRS guidelines are tax deductable and will go towards supporting our mission of perpetuating the Hawaiian culture and practices and the use and study of the Hawaiian language. The foundation welcomes and serves all who wish to learn!
Nā Wai Iwi Ola
The ancient waters of life