A commemorative quarter honoring the late Edith Kanakaʻole, venerated Hawaiian cultural icon, kumu hula, composer, chanter, and a key influence in the Hawaiian renaissance of the 1970s has been released into circulation by the U.S. Mint. Her designation as an honoree is an unbelievable honor for her family, foundation, and people. Featured on the quarter depicting Edith Kanakaʻole is the inscription “E hō mai ka ʻike,” which refers to the intertwined role hula and chants play in this perpetuation of Hawaiian knowledge systems.
The Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation co-hosted the E Hō Mai Ka ʻIke Events in recognition of Aunty Edith Kekuhikuhipuʻuoneonāaliʻiōkohala Kanakaʻole's contributions and legacy on May 5th and May 6th, 2023.
The May 5th Celebration was held for the schools in the Keaukaha community, offering workshops based on her teachings. The public attended the May 6th Celebration at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. You can view the live-streamed portion of the even here: https://go.hawaii.edu/XXT.
Hosted by: Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Hawaiʻi Community College, United States Mint, Smithsonian American Women's History Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and "Smithsonian Our Shared Future: Reckoning With Our Racial Past" Initiative.
The family of the late Edith Kanakaʻole has established this fund which recognizes her numerous contributions toward the promotion of Native Hawaiian's educational pursuits. The purpose of this fund is to provide support to students enrolled at any campus within the University of Hawaiʻi system with a preference for students of Native Hawaiian ancestry.
To make a contribution to the Hale Kanakaʻole Fund scan QR code or visit https:giving.uhfoundation.org/funds/13026904.