Kānaenae has several meanings.
Kānaenae can be a type or style of chanting with tone variations, high pitches, and long drawn out sounds. Kānaenae also means to supplicate to the akua, a ritual to give offerings, to supplicate or to dedicate a sacrifice.
Kānaenae is an exchange of recognition between the natural processes or phenomena in the environment and the kanaka, or person, who is conducting the ceremony. It is an active reciprocation where each entity mutually gains or benefits from the exchange. We interpret akua to mean the natural phenomena and processes in the environment.
Turning to nature to find pathways towards our personal wellbeing, inspiration, and meditation, Kānaenae Together offers an opportunity for participants to briefly experience rituals, sense of community, and relief from stress.
How Did Kānaenae Together Came To Be?
Born out of the need to find positive ways to overcome the overwhelming stress generated during the Coronavirus pandemic, Kānaenae Together was the result.
Kānaenae Together is a community of people interested in learning Hawaiian pule hoʻōla, prayers for wellbeing to collectively lend voice and intention to uplift one another. We are descendants of survivors, therefore the key to survival lies within our DNA, our ancestral memories. We just need to stop for a few minutes in the day to reconnect to those innate skills passed down to us from generations upon generations of survivors.
We all join here to promote positivity, support, and comfort.
Kalei Nu'uhiwa is the hostess of Kānaenae Together who curates PRACTICEs that connect kānaka, people to ecological well-being. Recordings of rituals to date available.