January 2019 -- Okinawa, Chatan-cho
Led hula kahiko and hula 'auana workshops
February 2019 -- Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Walking In The Footsteps of The Ancestors,
Global Indigenous People Cultural Exchange.
Hosting 20 indigenous people for two weeks,
from south and west Australia, Aotearoa, Papa New Guinea, Canada, Celtic Elders, Native American Elders.
May 2019 -- Seoul, South Korea
Hula Workshops, and presentation of Korea's 1st Formal Ho'ike, which is the sharing/exhibit of the Hawaiian Hula and Chants, that the hula halau of Korea have learned,
June 2019 -- New York, NY
2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 -- Australia, Wilpena Pound Flinders Ranges, east Australia, and west Australia
Leading and sharing of the hula and Hawaiian spiritual ceremonies.
In 2019, participated in the celebration ceremony, with the native Aboriginal peoples, receiving back their sacred mountain Uluru.
No one can climb this sacred mountain anymore.
November 2017 -- Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Honored to be invited with two of my hula dancers, for the
Walking in the Footsteps of our Ancestors Journey in New Zealand, as Ambassadors of Hawai'i
Ongoing workshops beginning 2000 -- San Diego, CA
Hula worshops with kumu hula Kahu Kapena Perez
and hula halau
April 2010 and 2011 -- Hilo, HI
Participated in the float and parade celebrations at the Merrie Monarch Festival.
Placed 3rd in "Best Float" category
October 2015 -- Ueno Tokyo, Japan
Bandai Mountain Fukushima
Tamafuri night Tokyo
Hawaiian spirituality and healing
With- Reiko Works:
Hula Kahiko, Hula 'Auana, Oli
June 2015 -- Belgium and Germany
Led Hawai'ian healing/culture and hula workshops
October 2016 -- Halema'uma'u, HI
CNN news special filming with:
Kumu Hula Ali'i Kahuna Nui Ehulani Stephany
Kahuna Nui Kimo Pihana
Na Hula Olapa:
Special News Broadcast aired March 2016
2000 - 2010
In November 2005, Kumu Ehulani Stephany attended the World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education (WIPCE), in New Zealand. Here is her report:
My trip to Aotearoa (New Zealand) was fabulous, something that I will remember for the rest of my life. There were 25 of us that traveled together from Hawai'i Community College, representing the Hawai'ian Life-style program. This trip was for the WIPCE (World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education). There were two thousand people from all over the world that attended this special event, and seven hundred were from the Hawai'ian Islands. The opening event was spectacular, with hundreds of Maori men in their war canoes paddling down the river, followed by protocol.
The workshops at the WIPCE were outstanding; there were people of different cultures offering very informative materials of their culture. There were many sharing performances for everyone to enjoy in the main tent daily. We had the honor to be one of the participants in the closing event at the stadium in Hamilton. Our group stayed at three different Maraes, which are Maori culture villages. The people treated us with so much warmth, care, and respect. They truly believe that we are their cousins that have finally come home. We were fed wonderful food everywhere we visited, which was made with a lot of love.
I would like to return to Aotearoa for their grand opening of a new Marae in the town of Waihi, which is next to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in the world to have been formed by a volcanic eruption; this event is planned for November 2006.
Aotearoa by Chris Doyle
The kiwi and tui (not moa)
Enjoy eating tasty feijoa.
The birds here are grand
In New Zealand, this land
That the Maori call Aotearoa.
Aotearoa (OW-tay-uh-ROH-uh) means "the land of the long white cloud." Although it's a Maori word, it's seen throughout New Zealand on signs and memorabilia. The kiwi and tui (TOO-ee) are birds native to the country, as was the moa, now extinct. The feijoa (fay-JOH-uh) is the edible fruit of a shrub grown commercially in the country, after being brought over from South America.
Aotearoa by olwen
The islands of Aotearoa
Are miles to the south of Samoa.
Not heard of this free land?
You might say "New Zeeland";
Explored by James Cook, not Balboa.
(a-o-te-a-ro-a) -- all syllables should properly be equally stressed.
Aotearoa is the recognized Maori name for New Zealand, and is sometimes used either by itself or in conjunction with "New Zealand".
New Zealand was named after Zeeland by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who was the first European to visit. (Tasman did not land and did not explore thoroughly.)