You’re Invited: Kīpuni Aloha no Maui – A Statewide Vigil for Beloved Maui on September 1


With heartfelt aloha, the Hawaiian community comes together to extend support, healing, and reflection during these challenging times. With the guidance of our Kūpuna, Kumu Hula, Kahu, and cultural practitioners, we honor the urgent need to create spaces for prayer, cleansing, and reflection so our loved ones can grieve and our ‘āina and people can begin to heal.

Through this mana‘o, a powerful collaboration has emerged with Maui community leaders, including Mayor Bissen, all county Mayors, Governor Green, HEC, RHS, CNHA, aio Group, and more. The result is Kīpuni Aloha no Maui, a day-long vigil on September 1. This day is centered on emotional and spiritual healing that is rooted in Native Hawaiian practices with leaders from diverse faiths.

Throughout the day, meaningful ceremonies – the sunrise, noon, and sunset gatherings – will be livestreamed across the islands. Through the partnership with esteemed media outlets like ‘Olelo, KITV4, and Nā Leo TV, this event aims to foster unity, healing, and remembrance for the cherished island of Maui.

While these sacred ceremonies won’t be open to the public, we invite places of worship, businesses, and community groups to host their own gatherings and share the spirit of the vigil among the community. To join us in this heartfelt vigil, we warmly encourage the community to engage through the following avenues:

1. Host an In-Place Gathering

We encourage places of worship, businesses, and community groups to consider hosting their own gatherings to stream the vigil, either in real-time or during your chosen vigil time. Additionally, we encourage sharing photos and videos from your venues on social media.


  • 6:00 am – 7:30 am (HST): Native Hawaiian Sunrise Ceremony
  • 11:45 am – 1:30 pm (HST): Noon Ceremony (including faith-based leaders)
  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (HST): Native Hawaiian Sunset Ceremony

The event coordinators kindly ask if you would be able to stream the September 1 vigil at your place of business or worship. Your response by filling out this brief form would greatly assist in planning and coordination.

2. Spread the Word on Social Media by Sharing the Flyer

Kindly help raise awareness about the vigil by posting about it on social media or your website. Please also consider distributing this flyer through email or printing it to display at your location, starting now until September 1.

For more information and ways to join, please visit

Planning Core Team: Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt, Kamana‘o Crabbe, Duane Kurisu, Honorable John Waihe‘e, Kahu Ken Makuakāne, Mehana Hind, John De Fries, Lynelle Marble, Kim Vierra

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