Kumu Hula HÅkÅ«lani Holt and hÄlau PÄ'Å« O Hi'iaka, together with nÄ kumu hula Kealiâi
Reichel and Pali Ahue, reconstruct the original hula drama Kahekili, which takes the
audience into pre-contact Hawaiâi through chant, kahiko (traditional hula), Hawaiian
martial arts, and dramatic
Kahekili was one of Mauiâs paramount chiefs, and his kingdom included all of the islands
except Hawai'i Island. His influential rule provided the gateway for King Kamehameha
the Great to eventually unify all of Hawaiâi.
Nationally Recognized as an American Dance Masterpiece!
The chants and dances in Kahekili follow traditions and historical stylings, including ceremonies and cultural practices rarely performed on stage today.
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September 6, 2006
*NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS AWARDS $400,000 IN GRANTS
SUPPORTING RECONSTRUCTION AND RESTAGING OF SIGNIFICANT AMERICAN DANCE
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Kahekili premiered on October 13, 2007 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.
Kahekili was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the
American Masterpieces: Dance initiative, administered by the New England Foundation
for the Arts.
Additional support for 2008-09 season by Hawaiâi Tourism Authority/CNHA and The
Charles Engelhard Foundation. Supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts,
State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, County of Maui, Cole Family Foundation,
Jimmy & Honey Bun Haynes and KPOA Radio.
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