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MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs
Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs

Friday, April 26 Merrie Monarch Presentations

Friday, April 26 at 10:00am - Papakōlea's Finest

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A musical performance that honors the lands, history, and families of Papakōlea, Honolulu, Oʻahu.  In the late 1800s, many Hawaiians were displaced from their land in rural parts of Oʻahu.  Several of those families moved onto public lands above Punchbowl crater looking for a healthy, self-sufficient life.  They created the first neighborhood of Papakōlea.  Through their stories of resilience and perseverance, the Hawaiian identity within this region is strong and vibrant. This special performance will share the rich stories and history of Papakōlea, a Native Hawaiian community that continues to be a source of cultural knowledge and pride.  The performance will be given by some of Papakōlea's finest, the Asing ʻOhana - Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, ʻĀina Asing and Puka Asing.  Join them as they share familial stories through mele.

Friday, April 26 at 1:00pm - Hawai'i's Music At Its Finest

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A musical performance that features some of Hawai'i's finest musical artists - Kainani Kahaunaele, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, Kīhei Nahale-a, and Sean Nāleimaile.  These artists are Grammy Award winners, Nā Hōkū Hanohano awardees, singers, songwriters, producers, parents, educators, friends, and lāhui uplifters.  They will be sharing their experiences and their innovative music that builds upon the legacy of Hawaiian musicians of the past and encourages people to rediscover, reconnect and reinstill what Hawaiian music and performers of Hawaiian music represent.

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MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs

Thursday, April 25 Merrie Monarch Presentations

Thursday, April 25 at 10:00am - ʻĪlālāʻole Hula Tradition presented by Kumu Hula Kimo Alama and Kaʻiulani Damas

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ʻĪlālāʻole passed away in 1965 and was the last of the nineteenth century chanters and kumu hula to have lived in the 20th century. He was very well respected in the community not only for hula and mele but also for his extensive knowledge of things Hawaiian. He had lived with Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani as a boy while he attended the Royal School. Because of his being a part of the Kamehameha family, he is largely responsible for much of the repertory of the chants and hula that we have for the Kamehameha family today. Queen Emma was his favorite aliʻi and she would stay with the ʻĪlālāʻole family when she passed through Kaʻū and Puna. We are fortunate for her chants and dances, as well as those for Kamehameha IV, that were remembered and passed on through ʻĪlālāʻole. His approach to hula comes from a definite Hawaiian mind and heart.

ʻĪlālāʻole learned hula from a grandfather who taught hula in Kaʻū and one of his teachers was 100 years old! This means that the teacher was born and raised before contact with the outside world and those chants and hula were definitely of ancient traditions. When ʻĪlālāʻole's daughter, “Mama Betty” Atkinson, passed away, she named Kimo Alama Keaulana as a “hānai” son. As a hānai, he is proud and privileged to be a part of this impressive hula family and lineage.

Thursday, April 25 at 1:00pm - Bringing Stories to Life Through Hula Kiʻi

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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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MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs

Wednesday, April 24 Merrie Monarch Presentations

The Battle of Kuamoʻo - 10:00am & 1:00pm Performances

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Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi High School presents The Battle of Kuamoʻo, an opera sung entirely in the Hawaiian language, which tells the story of the fateful conflict after the death of King Kamehameha between regional chief Kekuaokalani, loyal to the traditional customs and religion, and Liholiho, the new king swayed by his regent mother to end the old ways to make way for the new.  Through music, traditional dance and chant the story is retold of the fate of an island nation shaped by a single battle.  This 90-minute performance promises to be culturally educational and entertaining.

In preparation for the performance, students in the cast of The Battle of Kuamo‘o traveled to the ahapua‘a of Kuamo‘o, hosted by Dr. Kamana Beamer and Monika Frazier of Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Āina.  They visited the battlefield at Lekeleke (above the Sheraton), the heiau built by Kekuaokalani, and the place where Kekuaokalani and Manono are believed to have fallen.  They listened to mo‘olelo handed down by Dr. Beamer’s ‘ohana, lineal descendants of Kekuaokalani and Manono, and contributed briefly to the conservation efforts there.  They walked the path their kūpuna walked, and tried to imagine what it must have been like not only during the battle but also during times of peace when petroglyphs were carved and kōnane games were played on picturesque cliffs overlooking the tranquil ocean.

This talented group will travel to Scotland this summer to perform the opera at the international Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019.  ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is proud to host the first performance of the opera by the traveling cast.

Twenty-five students were selected to represent Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i, and the United States at the Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts festival.  An annual festival throughout the month of August, the Fringe features more than 3,000 international productions.

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi was first invited to perform in 2016, the first time for a Hawai‘i Island school, and a first for any Kamehameha Schools campus.  Nineteen students made the trip in August of 2016 to present the Hawaiian opera Hā‘upu.  Upon its return to Hawaiʻi, the school was immediately invited to perform in 2019.  

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