Starr Kalahiki and The Liliʻu Project
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
In 2018/19, The Liliʻu Project collaborated with Ceeds of Peace and Mālama Honua Charter School in an Educational Outreach project titled “Peaceful Action Through Mele”. Together with MHCS 5th & 6th grade students, we offered the song Kuʻu Pua I Paoakalani on January 17th, on the 126th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The performance took place in the room where it was composed in 1895 during the Queen’s imprisonment. This initial interaction led to an invitation to participate in 100 Offerings of Peace. The song Ke Aloha o ka Haku (The Lord’s Mercy), which we share here, was also composed in isolation while under House Arrest, and is a meditation on forgiveness and inner healing.
PEACE BUILDER BIOGRAPHY
The Liliʻu Project is an ongoing investigation into the musical oeuvre of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom. We endeavor to learn and share Liliʻuokalani’s music and memoirs through media documentation, exploring innovative arrangements in live installations, and through educational and community outreach. Appearances include: Soul Force Sacred Music Festival, Pasadena, CA (2019), Festival À Corps, International Student Dance Festival, Poitiers, France, (2017), The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C., (2016), and Leeward Theatre, Pearl City, HI (2014).
DAILY PEACE ACTION
Our request for you is to identify and sing a song that encourages compassion and loving kindness.