Nā Kinimakalehua

Nā Kinimakalehua is a consortium of Kumu Hula (Hula Masters) who gather together to create new performing art works which bring forward the traditional and contemporary stories of Hawai‘i.Through dance, chant, storytelling, and dramatic interpretation, Hawai‘i’s unique accounts of environment, heroic exploits, epic travels, godliness, and everyday life is revealed. Through productions that include:Kahekili-Maui’s Sacred Chief, Maui The Demi-God, Maui Moonlight Serenade, and Nā Mele O Ke Aupuni – The Songs of the Nation, Nā Kinimakalehua has presented works that have brought awareness and appreciation for the extraordinary wealth of knowledge and creativity that come from the island of Maui, which continues to be its main focus.

Nā Kinimakalehua creates collaboratively and strives to assist cultural practitioners in developing and creating new work by expanding their skills through their involvement in the production from concept to completion. Under the guidance of principals Hōkūlani Holt, Keali‘i Reichel, and Pali Ahue, additional contributors are Ulalia Woodside, Lono Padilla, and Ke‘ano Ka‘upu. These additional contributors are emerging Kumu Hula who collectively have many years of experience in teaching, creating performances, and being in dance competitions. This next step provides practical professional development for the emerging Kumu Hula by infusing new ideas, building skills and outlooks into the production possibilities expressed through the emerging art form of the hula drama.

Nā Kinimakalehua’s goal is to bring the best in Hawaiian performing arts to its home community in Hawai’i, throughout the nation, and around the world.  Its newest cross-disciplinary production is Kūlanihāko‘i-Living Waters which is scheduled to premiere at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on October 15, 2011.  Kūlanihāko‘i-Living Waters is an exploration into the many facets of water and its relationship to all things as seen through the eyes of native Hawaiians.

“By exploring centuries old traditional Hawaiian stories and poetry we have found that the hydrological cycle defines a distinct connection between man, his gods, and his environment. Without remembering these stories and lessons, humankind is destined to make mistakes that are irreversible. We must remember the stories and their lessons.” (Hōkūlani Holt)

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