Kumu Raylene Kawaiaea

“The essence of one being or one creation is love. It’s not something outside of ourselves. It’s not something outside of anyone or any thing. It’s a part of who we are, always has been. It’s part of our DNA, and it’s part of all that cellular memory and all the stuff that scientists are figuring out about who we are.”


Kumu Raylene Kawaiaea, also known as Raylene Lancaster, was a beloved elder, revered kumu hula (traditional dance teacher) and a cultural consultant and preserver who lived in North Kohala, Hawaii.

She was a teacher at Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and a practitioner of the ancient Hawaiian art of reaching agreement or “making things right” called Ho’oponopono. She took part in numerous community events and her presence was sought after for blessings and dedications to new buildings and organizations.

Kumu Raylene Kawaiaea died at age 61 from a car accident. She is remembered as a beautiful individual whose love and wisdom touched many on the island of Hawaii and beyond. It is said that any person who stood before her felt worthy and loved – the true meaning of “Aloha.”


Be Love, In Memory of Kumu Raylene Kawaiaea

(By Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami, 6 min)


Kumu Raylene on Being the Story (2 min)

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