Aloha !!!! I am so blessed to be able to share my journey of aloha through Hawaiian hula and visual art. Catch me on 938NOW with Stanley Leong as I unpack what it means to be on this journey of aloha. Mahalo Ke Akua. Mahalo e ke Kumu Hula Kumu Leihiilani Kirkpatrick. -Namiko
Part 1 of The Champion's Mind - Namiko Chan-Takahashi (20 May 2019)
Part 2 of The Champion's Mind - Namiko Chan-Takahashi (22 May 2019)
Part 3 of The Champion's Mind - Namiko Chan-Takahashi (24 May 2019)
"The more we dig into Aloha culture, the more we realise that the most wonderful things in it are not exclusively Hawaiian or Chinese or Japanese or Singaporean... they belong to all of us as a human race". - Aaron & Namiko
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A 'talk story' about the intercultural interdisciplinary art practice of Laniakea Culture Collective, and how Aloha shaped our lives and inspired our art expressions over many years.
Presented by: Aaron Lee, Namiko Chan Takahashi, Mihoko Nagase, Kayoko Uegaito, Miriam Wun, Therese Chan of @schoolofhawaiianhula
Source: Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick
Hosted by: National Library Board, Singapore (Kong Leng Foong, Michelle Heng) on 6 April 2019
Photos: Lai Pak Wah, Susan Lee, Julia d'Silva, Jeanne Ng
#laniakeaculture #livealoha #alohacalling #SGhula
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Some audience responses:
"Mahalo, Namiko Takahashi Chan-Lee and Aaron Lee for an inspiring and edifying time. You have touched and warmed our hearts with your dance, poetry, music and stories. You have inspired us to “live aloha” in Singapore and the rest of the world." - JN
"Wonderful philosophy and praxis of aloha today at the national library with poets and dancers!!" - CLC
"Just watching the dances was therapeutic. And when you read the poems, I could feel the heart to reach out and embrace the souls listening!" - AW
"Thank you for sharing your calling and creating a moving and heart-stirring space for us today.
We witnessed and experienced Beauty, Love and Truth." - JO
"Those with Aloha in their hearts live under "Open Skies"... Aloha is a nurtured spirit, and when expressed with excellence and artistry, cultural and language barriers are easily transcended..."
(from the essay Between Worlds: Interculturality and the Missional Artist by Aaron Lee & Namiko Chan, pub. "An Owl's Journey: Essays to commemorate the 70th birthday of David W.F. Wong", Dev Menon, Quek Tze Ming eds., Graceworks 2019)
Book orders and enquiries at Graceworks
ALOHA CALLING ISLAND TO ISLAND:
An inter-cultural presentation on Saturday 6 April 2019 by Aaron and Namiko, co-founders of the Laniakea Culture Collective for the National Library Board, Singapore Art Space Programme series. Be captivated by the wondrous landscape, poetry, music and dance of the Islands!
Click this link to the NLB website for event details and registration (free).
#livealoha #ohana #lovenature #truthlovebeauty #culturecare #laniakeaculture
When have you had so much fun your smile hurt your cheeks ? We just had a dance show, School of Hawaiian Hula Singapore - Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani and Ori Tahiti Singapore did a Polynesian cultural dance show together. It was DYNAMITE !!!! We not only had too much fun doing it but we also raised awareness of Polynesian culture. I am so blessed to be able to share Hawaiian culture and practices with Singapore and with Asia. Mahalo Ke Akua for this privilege and mahalo e ke Kumu Leihiilani Kirkpatrick for being my Kumu Hula and letting me be your disciple. I am learning so much about the wisdom of the Hawaiian people from you. Me Ke Aloha !
A student of the Hawaiian ways, Alaka'i Kapuananiokekukui Namiko Takahashi Chan-Lee
All photos courtesy of Ng Choon Jeow. Mahalo Choon Jeow for such amazing and beautiful shots !
#sghula #schoolofhawaiianhula #oritahitisingapore #kauai #hawaii #singapore
(Namiko's Facebook post, 18 December 2018)
Nature, unfettered, unruly and untamed, runs counter to the planned orderliness of our urban cityscape. As we constantly calibrate our living spaces, nature and concrete jostle for room in our living environment. What emotions, thoughts and reflections are evoked as we interact with nature or when our direct environment alters? Join Marc Nair and Aaron Lee for an evening of poetry and conversation, as they navigate the effects of nature on our lived environment, and what it means to live in a particular place.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
BooksActually, No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168645
Presented by Ethos Books
Event details here
"Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral." - John Burroughs
"Believe one who knows; you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters." -St. Bernard de Clairvaux
Limited tickets at $25, get them here!