This year, Sail for the Cure is proud to partner with the local Ke Kukui Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and share with our community the Hawaiian/Polynesian arts and culture by promoting education in literature, language, music and dance. As organizations that bring people together, Sail for the Cure and Ke Kukui make a great team. The battle against Breast Cancer often invokes the support of an entire community. It doesn’t matter if the victim is a friend or family, the shock and struggle are often the same. In the Hawaiian culture, ‘family’ is simply a network of people who care about each other. This family is at the center of all activities and provides a level of emotional support that can make all the difference in the world to someone battling such a horrible disease.
You’ll see the Ke Kukui foundation during the Sail for the Cure reception at the Portland Yacht Club. Members of the hula halau (Hawaiian dance school) — Kaleinani o ke Kukuihula hula will demonstrate both modern and traditional hula throughout the reception. In hula, every movement has a specific meaning, and every expression of the dancer’s hands has great significance. This fascinating and entertaining method of expression is sure to remind us of the journey we all undertake when someone close to us is waging a battle for their life.
Ke Kukui members will also lead lei-making workshops and games throughout the reception. For a $10 donation, you can make a fresh floral lei to wear around your neck or for a $20 donation, a haku-style lei to wear in your hair. Several games with fabulous prizes will help us to keep the fun going all afternoon, including Lawn Jenga, Hula Duck Scoop, and more. The partnership between OWSA and Ke Kukui is sure to make Sail for the Cure 2011 a memorable event. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Pupukahi I Holomua | United we move forward.