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Hawaiʻi Youth Poet Laureate Kalehua Fung inspired by Queen Lili‘uokalani’s dedication to culture

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    Hawaiʻi's 2022 Youth Poet Laureate Performs 'Ode to Messes'

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                                Kalehua Fung, photographed at her alma mater Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School in Makiki, holds a picture of Queen Lili‘uokalani.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kalehua Fung, photographed at her alma mater Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School in Makiki, holds a picture of Queen Lili‘uokalani.

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                                In addition to Kalehua Fung, the MACC event’s top five finalists, were, from left to right, Kealoha Comcowich, Lyric Kensington Ono, Miya Peterson and Nicole Dao.

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    In addition to Kalehua Fung, the MACC event’s top five finalists, were, from left to right, Kealoha Comcowich, Lyric Kensington Ono, Miya Peterson and Nicole Dao.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kalehua Fung’s poem “Ode to Messes” was inspired by Queen Lili‘uokalani. “She was just very rooted in aloha for her people and her aina, and that inspires me as a Native Hawaiian,” Fung said.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kalehua Fung’s poem “Ode to Messes” was inspired by Queen Lili‘uokalani. “She was just very rooted in aloha for her people and her aina, and that inspires me as a Native Hawaiian,” Fung said.

Kalehua Fung, a recent graduate of a Native Hawaiian charter school, has long admired the steadfast courage of the deposed Queen Lili‘uokalani and her ability to compose works of art in the midst of turmoil. Read more

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