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(HawaiiNewsNow) - A lifetime of hula training has prepared Kohala native Manaola Yap for a budding career in fashion. Now fashion has become a venue for Yap to share his Hawaiian culture in a modern context. Amy Kalili has more. 

It's young Hawaiians like Manaola who are helping to keep Hawaiian traditions relevant in new settings.

Aloha nui kâkou. Ma o nâ ʻôpio nô e like me Manaola  e ola maoli ai ka kçia ʻano o kâkou ma nâ hanauna hou a ma nâ ʻano pôʻaiapili like ʻole.

Manaola has helped his mom, Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap, and their hâlau Nâ Lei O Kaholokû with costuming for years.

E kâkoʻo ana ʻo Manaola Yap i kona mâkuahine ʻo Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap ma ka noiʻi ʻaʻahu hula no nâ hôʻikeʻike o ko lâua hâlau, ʻo Hâlau Nâ Lei O Kaholokû no kekahi mau makahiki.

"Most of my work is only costume and you're only going to see it in shows, but you're never gonna have a runway to display all these things. So I really enjoy that," said Manaola "Baba" Yap, Fashion Designer.

ʻO ka nui ʻo kaʻu he ʻaʻahu no ka hula. Mahalo wau i ka hiki ke hôʻike wale akui ka lole ma ka hôʻike lole!

"A lot of the things that he finds in his research is very traditionally rooted but he takes those things and really goes out of the box. And sometimes people look at it and go, "Hmm, I donʻt think we can wear that today," said Nani Lim Yap, Manaolaʻs Makuahine & Kumu Hula.

Kumu ana kâna hana i ke kuʻuna akâ, no ke ʻano hakuhia, noʻonoʻo ka poʻe ʻaʻole paha he lole e ʻaʻahu maʻamau ʻia.

"My mom pushed me a lot but you know I…I thank her so much for pushing me because I would not be where I am today and be interested in the things that I am interested in today that are culture-based and that to me is special," remembers Baba.

Nui ko mâmâ ʻoʻoleʻa ma koʻu noho paʻa ma nâ hana kuʻuna Hawaiʻi. Mahalo nui loa naʻe au I kçlâ ʻoiaiʻaʻole loa i like ka holomua inâ ʻaʻole pçlâ.

"We can be contemporary where it is appealing to others who are outside of our Hawaiian world, you might say. Appealing but yet they donʻt realize that it comes from such a strong cultural base," said Nani.

He mea kçia hakuhia e ʻume ʻia ai a hoʻonaʻauao ʻia ai ko waho i ʻike koke ʻole i ke ʻano kuʻuna ikaika nô hoʻi.

"We can be contemporary where it is appealing to others who are outside of our Hawaiian world, you might say. Appealing but yet they donʻt realize that it comes from such a strong cultural base," said Nani.

He mea kçia hakuhia e ʻume ʻia ai a hoʻonaʻauao ʻia ai ko waho i ʻike koke ʻole i ke ʻano kuʻuna ikaika nô hoʻi.

Baba hopes to see our Hawaiian culture blossom on the runway.

A ʻo ia ka ʻiʻini nui a Baba, ʻo ia ka hoʻomohala ʻana i ko kâkou ʻike kuʻuna ma o ka lole mio loa o kçia wâ.

"We really like to unveil these new ideas, well they're not actually new ideas, but ancient ideas to fashion today," said Baba.

Nui koʻu ʻiʻini i ka hoʻopili i kçia mau manaʻo kuʻuna i ka lole mio o kçia au.

Tune in to ʻÔiwiTV, channel 326, for more on Manaola and other native artists.

E kipa aku nô iâ ʻÔiwiTV ke kanela kîkohoʻe helu 326 no ka ʻike hou aku iâ Manaola a me nâ mea paheona ʻôiwi ʻç aʻe. Aloha!