Kahili Long Cummings

Kahili Long Cummings

Auntie Kahili felt great pride in her Maui roots and Long ʻOhana hula lineage. She lived a long life and was a treasured elder whose insights, talents, knowledge, and down-to-earth nature endeared her to those who knew and loved her. (1918-2012)
Credit: 
Hula Preservation Society, Digital ʻUmeke, Kahili Long Cummings

The garage! It was the place to meet and hang out with Auntie Kahili in Paukūkalo Hawaiian Homes, Maui for our numerous oral history sessions. She was nearly 90 when HPS first began talking story with her and she was sharp, engaging, and fun! Our videographer was often challenged when trying to frame her on camera, because she liked to lean over in her chair with her elbows on her knees, so you have to get low to be able to see her beautiful face in the viewfinder! Auntie Kahili “was” Maui through and through, from her special island sayings, to her way of speaking, to the twinkle in her eye when recalling experiences of her life and family; experiences that took place a stoneʻs throw from where we were sitting and talking almost 90 years later. Auntie Kahili was a master lauhala weaver and quilter and regularly shared her works of art during our talk-stories. What we remember the most about Auntie Kahili, though, is her love for her family and for hula, and the deep pride that filled her being. Her collection at HPS consists primarily of oral history materials and images.

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Hoʻokele Mea Hana (Reference Resources)