Hula Preservation Society (HPS) presents the rare form of Hula Kiʻi with nā Kumu Aulii Mitchell, Mauliola Cook, and Kaponoai Molitau. In Hula Kiʻi, the dancer becomes the image, or manipulates and dances with a puppet. Along with live performances of Hula Kiʻi from their three distinct hula lines, HPS will share archival photos and videos of our late masters skilled in this rich and challenging genre. Hula Kiʻi holds great depth to help preserve and tell the stories of Hawaiʻi, both then and now.
Aulii Mitchell grew up immersed in hula, Hawaiian culture, and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. His lineage includes his mother, Aana Cash Mitchell, who was trained by her father, Charles Kahiwahiwa Cash, who was trained by masters Mary Kawena Pukui, Pua Haaheo, and Joseph Ilalaole. Aulii is Kumu for Hālau o Kahiwahiwa in Hawaiʻi, and Hālau o Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa in Auckland, New Zealand. He works with Cultural Surveys Hawaiʻi as a Cultural Anthropologist and Advisor.
Mauliola Cook has been a dedicated student of hula, language, history, and culture since 1978 and subsequently became Auntie Nona Beamerʻs protégé in the art of Hula Kiʻi, or Hawaiian Puppetry. Mauli works with school children and teachers throughout the islands in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian-focused charter schools, and Arts Education programs. For more than 20 years, she has led the Kauaʻi branch of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima for her Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine.
Kaponoai Molitau is the hānai son of renowned Kumu John Keola Lake, and it is to “Papa Lake” that he attributes his cultural immersion and grounding in the ways of his ancestors. His many kuleana include leading Hālau Nā Hanona Kulike ʻo Piʻilani with his sister Sissy Lake, running his Maui store Native Intelligence, and serving as kahuna nui of Puʻukoholā Heiau on Hawai`i Island. His kiʻi training includes both the body form as well as puppet manipulation.
Hula Preservation Society (HPS) was established in 2000 under the inspiration of beloved Kumu Hula Auntie Nona Beamer. The non-profit has worked with treasured hula elders throughout the Hawaiian Islands to build a distinctive cultural digital library filled with their unique stories, authentic voices, and personal histories which span the 20th century of Hawai
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