It is with a heavy heart that I communicate with our Kipapa ‘Ohana (family) the sad passing of our dear Kupuna Healani, Pat Perez. Kupuna was a long time member of our Kipapa ‘Ohana as a Hawaiian Studies teacher for over 30 years. Through the years, Kupuna Healani has taught Hawaiian Studies lessons, helped with many of our Kipapa Fest celebrations and also coordinated Kipapa’s first halau. “Halau Hula ‘O Kipapa” has performed at various school and community events.
Kupuna will be missed, however, her memory and this year’s Hawaiian Studies theme: “E Aloha Kekahi I Kekahi” (Love one another) will remain with us forever.