Halau O Kekuhi Presents Holo Mai Pele Sequel At MACC
Halau O Kekuhi presents a sequel to their famed Holo Mai Pele, it is Hiâ€˜iaka: Wahinepoâ€˜aimoku on Saturday January 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Castle Theater.
The show continues the epic journey quest of Hiâ€˜iakaikapoliopele, the youngest sister of Pelehonuamea, in her undertaking to fetch Lohiâ€˜au, the chief of Haâ€˜ena Kauaâ€˜i.
HÄlau O Kekuhi will act out the fall of Panaâ€˜ewa the moâ€˜o god from Hawaiâ€˜i; delve into the subconscious realm of Kapoâ€˜ulakinaâ€˜u from the island of Maui; defer to the forest goddesses Koâ€˜iahi, Mailelauliâ€˜i and Kaiona of Waiâ€˜anae mountain range.Â There will be some familiar hula from the original dance drama Holo Mai Pele, however most will be new interpretations of the mele.
â€œPele and Hiâ€˜iaka in mele form may be our ancestral/geological tradition, an insight as to how we may deal with eruptive/cleansing cycles like with the fall of Panaâ€˜ewa the moâ€˜o god of Panaâ€˜ewa forest,â€ said (Nalani Kanakaâ€˜ole) Kekuhi Keliâ€˜ikanakaâ€˜ole.Â â€œThere is a lepa dance that describes the marking off of land boundaries by ti leaves and white tapa flags to protect the land area from inundation,â€ she said.
Keliâ€˜ikanakaâ€˜ole recounts, â€œKapoâ€˜ulakinaâ€˜u deals in the depth of the subconscious, the concept of trance dance, the kiâ€˜i (image) dances. Most of us (hula people) never go there.â€
New areas of departure are the hulihia chants, when an eruptive phase changes the landscape physically, socially and psychologically.Â NÄlani says, â€œHulihia is a term that also refers to the overturning of the traditional in that it becomes revolutionary like the overturning of government, business, the environment, the value system.â€
HÄlau O Kekuhi has been adding to their repertoire mele hula from Pele and Hiâ€˜iaka to be able to present a well-rounded view of ancestral Hawaiâ€˜i.Â Holo Mai Pele, another MACC premier, had a long run with its recent sold out appearances in Mexico, Japan, and Greece.Â Other supportive collaborations that Maui Arts & Cultural Center have also premiered by HÄlau O Kekuhi were Kamehameha Paiâ€˜ea and HÄnau Ka Moku.
The power in the language bears fruit, the epic mele of Pelehonuamea and Hiâ€˜iakaikapoliopele is a testament to that power.Â Understanding the hulihia, the overturning eruptive phases, becomes a reflection upon the issues happening today with the on-going eruption cycle, the radical changes in government, the resulting global issues.
Tickets to Holo Mai Pele -Â Hi’iaka: Wahinepo’aimoku are available through the MACC box office at 242- 7469.Â TICKETS: $40, $25, $12 (808-242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org)