ʻAnoʻai me ke aloha nui iā kākou,

It is with the utmost excitement and pleasure to announce the official opening of Studio Kaulukoa at Yoyogi Koen.

We held our official opening ritual this past Sunday and had a large attendance with students coming from all over Japan, such as Kyoto and Nagasaki.

The sacred ritual is a traditional and formal way to ceremoniously cleanse a new area/building before usage. It is a rare ceremony that is not commonly done in Hawaiʻi anymore, so I am very happy to those who were able to make it to experience this occasion.

Opening the studio was possible because of the hard work, dedication, and help from wonderful students. My mahalo goes out to Asako, Emiko, Megumi, Chihiro, Eiko, Miyuki and husband, Yukako, and Masami. These ladies had given much of their free time to helping me setup the studio.

I have deep gratitude to Asako and her students, Eiko, Kazue, and Satomi for their lovely flowers and plants. The studio became that much more beautiful with your gorgeous gifts. I also felt so much love from the gorgeous lei that I received from Yukako and Miyuki. It truly made me feel like I was in Hawaiʻi with all the flowers I received.

I am so happy for all the snacks that Megumi continues to shower me with, as well as the delicious sake given to me by Erika, Yoshie, and other Ulumauaʻe Tokyo members. I have already started to drink them down while enjoying some Japanese food.

Lastly, I want to extend my mahalo for the ladies who could join me for this opening occasion. All ladies who had helped me in construction attended, as well as a few more who came from near and far. This included Erika and her student, Asako’s students, Otone of Kyoto, and Tomoko of Nagasaki. Thank you all for joining me and spending your Sunday morning with me to officially open the studio.

As I reflect upon this past weekend, I realized how I am so lucky to have you all as students. I have nothing but aloha for each and everyone of you, and for all the well-wishes from those who could not attend. I am so excited to start this new chapter in my life, and I am blessed to have you all part of it.

Me ke aloha pumehana o kuʻu naʻau,
(With warm love from the bottom of my heart)

Kumu Keliʻi Kalaukoa Masao Grothmann

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