Hokulani Holt, Kamana‘opono, & Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole
Date of Publication: 2011
Running Time: 120 minutes
Mana I Ka Leo Power of the Voice examines oli (the Hawaiian tradition of chanting), while taking the audience on a visual journey through some of the most majestic locations in Hawai‘i. We experience this through the eyes of three contemporary practitioners who have dedicated much of their lives to preserving and perpetuating the voices and words of their kupuna (elders). Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe from the island of O‘ahu, shares how oli has helped him understand the Hawaiian worldview prior to western influence and why it's important that he continues to pass on this knowledge today. Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole describes his obligation and commitment to maintain and preserve the knowledge of the ancestral memories for the next generation. Hokulani Holt from the island of Maui converses with the setting sun and preserves the Hawaiian heritage.