After graduating in 1995 at Pu‘upueokapu, Waikane, Oahu, with traditional ‘uniki ceremonies under his teacher kumu hula Robert Uluwehiokalanionapuaikawekiu Cazimero, Crabbe founded Halauolaokalani in 1999. He is an educator, advocate and supporter for “our beloved keiki o ka ‘aina.” His motto is simple: “Aloha trumps everything in man’s world because God is love.”
Kumu Crabbe, was employed at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi elementary division for nearly 12 years as the Hawaiian Language teacher. His first job with Kamehameha Schools was as a hula instructor with the Explorations Program on O’ahu, where he taught for a number of years. His first “real” teaching job was in 1988 where he was the second Hawaiian Language teacher at the Keaukaha Immersion School.
His passion for the Hawaiian language and culture is his life. His excitement to share his knowledge to his students and others is exhilarating! From teaching Kindergarteners how to oli to teaching every student to learn and recite their moʻokūʻauhau – preparing for stellar May Day programs (even teaching other kumu to learn a hula), Kumu’s Crabbe’s mana is infectious.
Moses K. Crabbe was a member of the Mauna Kea Management Board’s Hawaiian Culture Committee. In collaboration with Kahu Kü Mauna, this group worked to develop educational materials on the cultural significance of Mauna Kea, including protocol. Crabbe, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and educator, lends his personal ʻike on protocol on Mauna Kea.