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Kūkulu, A Tribute to the Pillars of Mauna a Wākea

Kūkulu, A Tribute to the Pillars of Mauna a Wākea is a compilation album of prayers, chants, songs and spoken word poetry paying tribute to the stance for the protection of Mauna a Wākea (Mountain of Sky Father), also known as Mauna Kea. Many of the selections were contributed by Kiaʻi(Protectors) who spent 2019-2020 on the Ala Hulu Kupuna, the Mauna Kea Access Road, participating in the daily ʻAha ritual and in all efforts to safeguard this sacred mountain. In acknowledgement, recognition and honor, we lift up Mauna a Wākea and all Kūkulu (Pillars), past, present and future. May your heart be filled and may each of you be taken on a journey back to the Ala in ceremony once again.

Mauna Kea Education and Awareness (MKEA) extends a heartfelt mahalo to everyone who made this compilation album possible, including the MKEA Hui and all composers, musicians, chanters, singers, family members, protectors, friends, supporters, and relations in Hawai’i and beyond. All lyrics and supplemental information are available on Selections are included in the feature film, Standing Above the Clouds. All proceeds are donated to MKEA for the protection of Mauna a Wākea and other sacred places here in Hawai’i and everywhere around the world.

Producers: Pua Case, Shawn Pimental, Sonny Lim

Featured Artists: Hāwane Rios, Lorna Lim, Wehilei Lim-Ryder, Makaiwa Kanui, Ku’ulei Music, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, Lanakila Mangauil, Chadd ‘Onohi Paishon, Pomai Bertelmann, Brother Mikey, Bethany Billowus, Pua Case and a collective of chanters, singers and musicians assembled to pay tribute to the pillars of Mauna Kea.

Sponsored by Mauna Kea Education and Awareness, Hawai’i Peoples Fund, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples.