Hours of Operation
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is located on the ocean side of The Club Shop.
Reservations & Schedules
Weekly schedules are available at the Concierge or Cultural Center. Please call to make reservations (808) 325-8520 (in-house, dial 47) and to reconfirm complimentary programs.
Meet the Specialists
EARL KAMAKAONAONA REGIDOR
Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center Manager, Hualālai Resort
Born and raised in the quaint sugar plantation village of Pa‘auilo, Hāmākua, Island of Hawai‘i he is the youngest in a family of 12 children. Earl fondly recalls family life in a small community. “Music was always a part of our family,” says Earl, “I can’t remember one day there wasn’t music present – whether it was live or played on a record player. Being “young and carefree” lasted only about 18 years for Earl. Only six months after graduating high school, Earl enlisted in the military, he credits the military for transforming him from a young boy to a man; and later for allowing him to continue his education.
In 1996, Earl joined Hualālai Resort as one of the mea ho‘okipa – or hospitality ambassador – at Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center. In 2006, he became manager of the center and was ordained by Universal Ministries. He now performs weddings and blessings, which adds another fulfilling facet to his colorful life.
Earl’s humble upbringing, life experiences, and love for the culture make him the perfect ambassador to share Hualālai’s and Hawai‘i’s values and culture with those from here and beyond.
Mea Ho‘okipa, Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center
If anyone has the pleasure of meeting Kaleolani, you will notice her knowledge of the art of ulana lauhala and love for quilting, hula and lei making, a big change from being a dental technician, which she was for 30 years. She has been a mea ho`okipa at the Cultural Center since 2005. She has learned the traditions of the Hawaiian culture from many cultural specialists. She studied hula under Kumu Aunty Lani Kalama and Aunty Healani Kekela, Hawaiian quilting from Lillian Macedo, weaving from Aunty Elizabeth “Maluihi” Lee and Uncle Peter Park, and the art of haku lei making from Kalili Hansen. Her knowledge expands to the art of Hawaiian implements; `ipuheke, `uli`uli puniu, pu`ili and `ohe hano ihu. Her passion for plants has led her to Marie McDonald’s farm in Waimea and Aikane Nursery in Hawi. She was an Ethno Botanical Intern with Amy Greenwell Bishop Museum. At one time she had her own landscaping business which specialized in flowerbeds. Originally from Oakland, California, arrived on the Big Island in1984 and married her husband Don in 1985, they have a son Brian who lives in Sunnyville, California. When she is not here she enjoys plant material gathering for lei making and lauhala weaving, which she visits Kohala frequently, where her ancestors are from. Her discovery revealed that her great great grandmother was from Kohala and practiced La`au Lapa`au and also was a mid-wife.
Mea Ho‘okipa, Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center
Aunty Halani, which is what she is known as, has been with the Ka`ūpūlehu Cultural Center since 2013. She has four children, of which one is surviving, Lisa Ann Halani Berard Boshard, ten grand children and fifteen great grand children.
Aunty shared how much it means to be here, “I am extremely proud and privileged to be part of the Four Seasons `ohana. It warms my heart to be able to share the practices of my kupuna with the malihini that come here. I warmly welcome them as strangers and strive to help them feel like family when they leave.” This sentiment is felt the minute you meet her.
Originally from O`ahu, she was raised by her grandmother from Kohala, and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Today she is an active member of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association. After graduation she married and move to Los Angeles, where she raised her family. Here she ran her own floral business for ten years. In 1996, her husband retired and they moved to the Big Island. She then pursued a Hawaiian Studies degree at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, which was cut short due to her husband’s health. She cared for her husband and also took care of her grandson. Later she was part of the kupuna program to children in grades 1,2, and 3. This is where her love for teaching blossomed. She continued her teaching of the Hawaiian culture at Mauna Kea Resort, Hāpuna, Hilton Bay Club and here. We are honored to have Aunty be a part of this ‘ohana full time dedicating her knowledge to all those that she meets at the Cultural Center.
Next 20 Years
Hualālai Resort reached a new milestone on September 2016: 20 years of excellence as one of the world’s most acclaimed luxury residential resorts. We look forward to another 20 years of excellence by providing impeccable service with the spirit of aloha.