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Lā Hemo Kula Ceremonies & Guest Reservations

On the eve before the UH Mānoa commencement, your ʻohana, friends and guests will be invited to attend the Hawaiʻinuiākea graduation ceremonies known as Lā Hemo Kula.  Because of limited seating at the event, please be sure to email your Advisor with the number of guests by the due date.

Click here for more information about this semester’s Hawai‘inuiākea Lā Hemo Kula.

If you do not respond by the due date, we will assume that you have no guests and/or are not attending the event.


Each graduate from Kawaihuelani and Kamakakūokalani is honored to deliver their personal graduation haʻiōlelo during the Lā Hemo Kula ceremonies.  The Kawaihuelani graduate is asked to ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  When there are large numbers of graduates, a representative from Kawaihuelani and Kamakakūokalani may be selected to present the haʻiʻōlelo on behalf of their classmates.  If you are interested in delivering the graduation haʻiʻōlelo for your classmates, please inform your Advisor at the graduation meeting.

On-line Moʻolelo

All graduates are asked to complete a short biography about your time at Hawaiʻinuiākea, which will be used to design our printed program for our guests.  The information will be entered on-line and you will be emailed the link. Please enter your biography information by the announced due date in order to be part of the printed commemorative program. Click here to enter your information.

Kīhei & Lei

An announcement via email will be sent to all graduates participating in the Lā Hemo Kula (and if they choose to do so, UHM Commencement) regarding the oli, protocol and Hawaiʻinuiākea kīhei and lei worn as Hawaiian regalia at these ceremonies.  Participants will be making their own lei.  Please watch your emails for announcements.

 Kumu Keawe & Kumu Lilikalā

Watch your emails also from either/both Kumu Keawe Lopes or/and Kumu Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa for announcements regarding rehearsals, traditional Hawaiian regalia, lei and oli for the Hawaiian protocol.  Email our kumu with your ideas to compose your own mele or oli, or learn a group mele or oli at: or

Click here to apply for your graduation from Hawaiʻinuiākea.  Request an appointment with your advisor now. 


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