Like making a lei of the prized mamo feathers, this project has taken time, love and patience. As the many feathers were tediously gathered for a lei hulu, so a lifetime of experiences has brought Howard A‘i to this moment.
With great affection for those who have taught, inspired and gone before him - to the young artists who continue to amaze.With great appreciation to all of Howard's children - Scott, Natalie, Chad, Tai, Rhett, Shelsea and his son-in-law Iolani Kamau'u - who all helped nurture the family's musical traditions. With admiration for the many dancers of Halau Hula Olana who through their commitment and sacrifices inspire his heart to sing. With gratitude for the working hands of all the participants in various artistic fields who were brought together by this endeavor. Dave, Aaron, Casey and Hiram were masterful. With greatest humility to those who allow him to stand beside them, especially his musical pals: Leina‘ala Simerson, Myra English, Ethylene Teves, Ihilani Miller and Iwalani Kahalewai. Howard adds: "With adoration for my wife Olana, love of my life and eternal companion who shares my hopes, desires and adventures. My very best friend, a cushion when things go wrong, a personal cheer leader who always believes in me, who turns my weaknesses to my strengths, and who helped me make this dream a reality!"
"Each and every person, like the gracious mamo, contributed their talents, or golden feathers, to our lei. We have created it together. Kaleihulumamo is lovingly dedicated to our parents, Bert and Angeline Sakuma, Henry A'i and Richard and Blossom Kaipo who taught us the Mele and Hula of Hawai‘i nei and to love the Lord."