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Posted on on March 26th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (


SACRED HULA of HAWAII – Saturday night, March 26th only!: The nationally renowned Halau o Keikiali’i performs interpretations of ancient dances and chants and contemporary Hawaiian music and choreography, illuminating the art of sacred hula and other Hawaiian traditions. The program, Ka Wa Hula: Hula Through Time unveils the history of Hawaii through hula, renewing chants, dances, and melodies of a culture once suppressed. Directed by kumu hula (hula master) Kawika Alfiche, the halau is comprised of several generations of artists and is making its New York debut. Halau o Keikiali’i is a traditional Hawaiian Cultural Group based in San Francisco. Since 1994, its goal has been to educate the general public about the traditional customs and values of the Hawaiian people and to help perpetuate the rich culture of the Hawaiian people through stage productions and other cultural events. Its primary focus is on cultural traditions, including hula kahiko (ancient dance), hula ‘auana (modern dance), oli (chant), mele (traditional songs), himeni (modern songs), n mea hula (arts, crafts, implements), lole hula (hula attire), ‘lelo (language), and mo’olelo (stories).

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