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					                                Country                                    Island expatriate Dr. Ku‘uleialoha
                                                                           Käneakua Patton spreads Hawaiian
                                 Roads                                     aloha in Appalachia

By Keaumiki Akui
                                                                                                                                 service doesn’t use the familiar

        loyd Hatfield was acquitted                                                                                              RFD addresses. Instead you will
        of stealing Ran’l McCoy’s                                                                                                find an HC number, meaning “hired
        razorback hogs back in 1878                                                                                              carrier,” where people actually bid
in Tug Valley, West Virginia. That                                                                                               to carry the mail.
didn’t sit well with the McCoys,                                                                                                   Ku‘ulei and her husband have four
who then ambushed a group of                                                                                                     children and seven grandchildren
Hatfields. Thus began America’s                                                                                                  spread out over five states, including
most famous family feud, which                                                                                                   Hawai‘i. She holds a master’s degree
ultimately involved two states, two                                                                                              in Christian studies and church
governors, two National Guard units                                                                                              ministry from the Sure Foundation
and a ruling by the U.S. Supreme                                                                                                 Theological Institute in Detroit
Court before it ended around 1891.                                                                                               and earned her doctorate degree
  West Virginia is replete with                                                                                                  of divinity in counseling from
folklore like the tale of the Hatfields                                                                                          the Buxton University in London,
and McCoys, and aside from the                                                                                                   England. Besides keeping busy as
Appalachian Mountains one would                                                                                                  an ordained minister, her nonprofit
                                          Ku‘uleialoha Käneakua Patton (at left, wearing the Kamehameha shirt) with mem-
be hard-pressed to find anyone            bers of her West Virginia hula group.       Photo: Courtesy of the Kaneakua ‘Ohana     organization, “Keiki o ka ‘Äina”
who knows much more about the                                                                                                    performs at state fairs, lü‘au and
Mountain State. So we asked a local       hula professionally in Hawai‘i’s           and taught hula throughout the              community functions all year long.
girl, born and raised in Hawai‘i.         nightclubs at the age of 14, having        mainland, in Europe, Japan, China           They also teach multi-culture at all
  Dr. Ku‘uleialoha Käneakua               studied since “small-kid time” from        and Taiwan. In 1989, she married            levels of education.
Patton’s long journey to West             nä kumu hula Adeline Lee, Henry            Donald Wesley Patton, whose work              Ku‘uleialoha and Donald Patton
Virginia began in Kaka‘ako in 1944.       Mo‘ikeha Pä, Puanani Alama,                as a construction superintendent            will return home to the islands
Her pedigree reads like a who’s who       Louise Kaleikï and others. Hula            led them to West Virginia in the            when her assignment as kahu in
of Hawaiian music. She learned            took her to the Bora Bora Club in          year 2000.                                  West Virginia is over. Hawai‘i will
her native tongue, hula, music and        San Francisco in 1965, then with              “I started my hälau in 2002 with         welcome them home, but they will
culture from her parents, Queenie         the USO to Vietnam the next year           a bunch of kids from O‘ahu who              be sorely missed in the Appalachian
Lucy Cummings Käneakua and                along with Barry Manilow, Eddy             were students at West Virginia State        Mountains of West Virginia.
Ernest Keaupuni Contrades. Her            Arnold, Lannie Kazan and the Artie         College,” she said. Together, they
tütü, Maria Kaikaka of Waipouli,          Shaw Band. That same year, Ku‘ulei         produced the community’s first real
                                                                                                                                  Keaumiki Akui is the public affairs
Kaua‘i, taught her lä‘au lapa‘au          took top honors at the first Tahiti        Hawaiian lü‘au. “It was a huge
                                                                                                                                  specialist with OHA’s governance
(herbal healing) and the spirituality     Fete in Long Beach, Calif., with           success,” she recalls.
of her culture. Her tütü käne was         Tahiti artist Marie Mariterangi, and          The Pattons reside on a retired           division. If you are a Hawaiian on the
John Mahi‘ai Käneakua, whose              for three years she performed with         country farm in rural Elkville.              continent with an interesting story
sister, Isabella Desha, was mother to     the cast of ABC’s “Lü‘au Show” on          “The people here are very much               to tell, or if you know of one, please
the matriarch of the musical Beamer       television with Bill Gordon and the        like Hawaiians,” she says, “simple           contact OHA Outreach Coordinator
‘ohana, Helen Desha Beamer.               late Rava “Josie” Over.                    folks always willing to help you             Aulani Apoliona at 594-1912, or via
  Ku‘uleialoha began dancing                Ku‘uleialoha has performed               when in need.” Even the postal               e-mail at

                                                                                                                  Today, the establishment of a new Native
                                                                                                                  Hawaiian government is on the horizon and
                                                                                                                  can be achieved with the will and support of
                                                                                                                  the Hawaiian people. The process is open
                                                                                                                  to all indigenous Hawaiians, no matter
                                                                                                                  where you live.

                                                                                 All you need to register is verification of your Hawaiian ancestry through
                                                                                 documents such as a photocopy of a certified birth certificate showing

                                                                                 Hawaiian parentage, or by prior verification through programs such as the
                                                                                 Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Kamehameha Schools or the Office
                                                                                 of Hawaiian Affairs’ Operation ‘Ohana and Hawaiian Registry.

                                                                                 There is no blood-quantum minimum or age requirement.

                                                                                 The Kau Inoa Registration team will visit the following neighborhoods with

                                                                                 free T-shirts for every completed registration form:

                                                                                 Kapolei:      May 7, at Kapolei Community Park
                                                                                               9 a.m.-2 p.m.

                                                                                               May 19, at Kapolei High School (teacher’s lounge)
                                                                                               6-8 p.m.

                                                                                 ‘Ewa Beach: May 14, at Geiger Park (behind Foodland)
                                                                                             9 a.m.-2 p.m..

                                                                                 Käne‘ohe:     May 21, at Windward Community College sponsored by
                                                                                               Ke Keiki ‘O Ka Aina. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

                                                                                 Moloka‘i:     May 21, at the Ka Hula Piko Ho‘olaule‘a at Päpöhaku Beach
                                                                                               Park Kaluako‘i, Moloka‘i, from 9 a.m – 4 p.m.

                                                                                 For information call 808.394.0050, or online at

                                                                  Kau Inoa Registration • Hawai‘i Maoli, Inc., P.O. Box 1135 • Honolulu, HI 96807 • 808.394.0050

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