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Past Events

Local Elementary School Partners with UMEKE to Provide Cultural-Based Music Education

September 5, 2022


In an exciting community partnership with Oceanside's MacAuliffe Elementary School, UMEKE will be engaging with local cultural practitioners to provide choral music education accompanied by hula and ʻukulele, funded by Chorus America's Music Education Grant. This project identifies the significant Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) population in the Oceanside area and aims to foster NHPI identity and  cross-cultural learning to create equity across all populations. 

San Diego County Library, Fallbrook Branch

July 16, 2022


We were honored to present a history of hula and hands-on crafts for the San Diego County Library Fallbrook branch's Hawaiian Cultural Experience  event. Mahalo to the Friends of the Fallbrook Library for sponsoring this event. 

Holiday Wreath Workshop

December 17, 2023


Mahalo to all that came out to kākoʻo our first holiday wreath workshop! This year, our instructor Tiffany Māhealani taught attendees the art of weaving lau niu (coconut frond), including a bit of history on coconut palms and its significance in Hawaiian culture. With an assortment of floral and fauna to add to the completed wreath, it was such fun to see the end result of each individualʻs creativity! 

Educational Lecture at Lifestyle Brand and Footwear Company, Olukai

September 16, 2022


We were so pleased to be invited to share knowledge about Hawaiian culture to the employees at the popular, lifestyle brand Olukai. As a company that prides itself on honoring those that preserve and celebrate Hawaiian culture through its Ama Olukai Foundation 501(c)(3), it was a pleasure to give an educational lecture about Hawaiian culture, while connecting with like-minded folks that are committed to giving back to their communities. Mahalo nui Olukai for your support of UMEKE.

San Diego County Library, Vista Branch

October 18, 2022


What a wonderful time we had sharing hula performances and teaching lei-making with the guests of Vista Library. Mahalo to the Friends of the Vista Library for having us, we are unable to do work in the community without supporters like you!

Lauhala Braclet Workshop

March 3, 2024


Hana maikaʻi to all the students for making the lauhala weaving bracelet workshop a tremendous success! Your enthusiasm and creativity brought a wonderful energy to the workshop, and it was truly inspiring to see everyone’s unique creations come to life. We appreciate the dedication and skill of Aunty Kaleo, who guided us through the intricate art of lauhala weaving with such patience and expertise. Mahalo for being a part of this special experience and for perpetuating this beautiful Hawaiian tradition!

'Ukulele Workshop

May 18 - June 22, 2024


Students have been able to learn basic chords, strumming, and fundamentals to provide a foundation to play an array of mele (songs). We mahalo @sdapicoalition, California Department of Social Services and @apida_csusm for making this program possible and accessible to our community.

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