“Aloha” From Hawaii to Utah

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Snow College is broadening its cultural horizons with a new class. Roy Kala Leabigh will be teaching a class entitled AKA (ah-ka). The class’s main focus is about the impact of Christianity on Polynesians.

Leabigh is from Pahoa Hawaii. He has taught for 27 years and works as a “Kumu,” which means teacher, at a private school in Hawaii.

Leabigh described one of Hawaii’s most practiced traditions, “Hawaii is 2500 miles away from land, so people sailed and landed there. They had the opportunity to bring the best of the best. They brought the Aloha Spirit with them.” He continued to relate that when people come to Hawaii, the Hawaiians welcome them with the Aloha and place leis around their necks.

His goal for AKA is help students understand and connect with the Polynesian culture. He said, “We have a highly spiritual people who our youth are not connecting to. We are trying our best to reconnect with our ancestors. The task is for me to share this in a fashion that this audience picks this up even though we are in Utah. The Aloha is for everyone.”


‘AKA will meet every Wednesday from 6p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The first class will begin on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. The cost for theclass is 45 dollars, which you can pay at the door, or at a later date. There will be food every week. However, there is a limit of 100 people.

Listen for more information on the KAGE, 88.9, Snow College’s local radio station. Email Dough Johnson at Doug.Johnson@snow.edu for more information about ‘AKA.

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