Native Hawaiians look to our kūpuna — our elders — to help us find our pathways through life. They guide us by their spiritual wisdom through personal, familial or community difficulties. Kūpuna are the source of experience, knowledge, guidance, strength and inspiration to the next generations, a rich resource to contribute to the betterment of the Hawaiian people.
Kahaulahilahi Vegas is a fluent Hawaiian language speaker whose family is from both Molokaʻi and Oʻahu. After graduating from Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu, Lahi is pursuing her PhD degree in Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa. Her goal is to help the Native Hawaiian community.
Lahi Vegas also loves to compose. To honor her beloved kūpuna, she composed her mele aloha, Ka Maile, which we published at Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa in 2015. She credits her grandparents for providing the foundation of her lifeʻs path. Lahi says she will always be inspired by her kūpuna: He aloha pau ʻole — a love without end.
Watch our interview with Lahi in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and ʻōlelo haole. Mahalo nui, Lahi.
Credits: Used with permission by Kahaulahilahi Vegas. Performance recorded by Leeward Community College Educational Media Center; bio video by Rokki Midro and Mauna Burgess.