PISACON19 – University of Washington


We are excited that PISACON19 will be held at The Samuel EKelly Ethnic Cultural Centerat the University of Washington! Registration is nearly full. For more information contact us at NWPISA@gmail.com.

PISACON 2019 Program:

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PISACON19 Speakers:

Kumu Hula Kamaile Hamada

Under the direction of Kumu Hula Kamaile Hamada, the Ladies of Ke’ala ‘O Kamailelauli’ili’i achieved what no Hula Halau has ever achieved in the Pacific NW. A formal invitation to the most prestigious Hula competition in the world, the Merrie Monarch Festival held annually in Hilo, HI.

Kumu Kamaile and the late Sweetie Camacho, his former hula partner, had dreamed of bringing their students to compete someday and it was a dream that Kumu Hula Kamaile had shed many bittersweet tears upon reflecting on this accomplishment. “I spent some time there, and of course, I cried,” he reminisces of visiting Sweetie at her grave site. “Our goal finally came true.”

This invitation to the world stage of Hula’s best practitioners was a significant one for Kamaile in a life filled with accomplishments that are noteworthy on their own merit. He has lived and breathed hula since his childhood on the island of Kaua`i and then had the opportunity to attend the Kamehameha Schools where he was able to refine his a knowledge base that started with his mother when he was small. After his schooling, Kamaile’s mother told him he was ready to pass on his knowledge to the next generation, to become a “Kumu Hula,” literally “hula source.” As a Kumu Hula, Kamaile oversees the Ladies of Ke’ala ‘O Kamailelauli’ili’i and the Men of Manawaiopuna, which is a school not only for hula, but the stories, chants and traditions that encompass the breadth of Hawaiian culture. “hula is the vehicle in which genealogy, history and stories, the vehicle in which they’re all preserved.” Kumu Kamaile says.

Today, Kamaile oversees several dozen students who range in age from young children to elders whose roots are in Hawai’i, but now call Washington home. Through his work in Ke’ala ‘O Kamailelauli’ili’i, Kumu Kamaile is able to link the present and future with the past. It is the platform wherein the cultural beliefs, teachings and ways of life of our Kupuna can be conveyed, thus causing a resurgence for renewal of identity, personal growth and kuleana (responsibility) and a revitalization of the Hawaiian people to holo mua (move forward) into the next millennia.

Virginia Luka:

Keynote Virginia Luka of Palau

Virginia Luka is the new Program Specialist Senior for the Pacific Islander Community within Multnomah County’s Health Department. She was born on the island of Palau and lived on Guam for 25 years before moving to Oregon. Virginia has served our Pacific Islander community in various capacities. Her undergraduate degrees from Southern Oregon University are in Education and Anthropology, and she completed her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University. Her research experience includes Pacific Islander culture and history, with a focus on Micronesia. Her research and lived experience has been used to inform policies, programs, and practices with Portland State University, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Micronesian Islander Community, United Territories of Pacific Islander Alliance – Portland, and most recently Living Islands.


Parking Information

Parking information can be found by following this link: https://transportation.uw.edu/park/visitor

The nearest parking garage and its relation to the Samuel Ethnic Center can be seen in the below images. Note: Click on the links to view interactive campus map.

Nearest parking structure

Parking structure in relation to the Samuel Kelly Ethnic Center