KAHEKILI Maui, Hawaii
About Maui's Paramount Warrior Chief
The legend of the god of thunder
The audience is swept away to the exotic islands of Hawaii at a time when it was still isolated from the rest of the world. This hula drama features “kahiko” performances, traditional songs and old stories about Kahekili, Maui’s head tribal chief, and his empire, which extended across all islands except for Hawaii itself. Old wedding ceremonies and otherworldly cultic rituals are performed in a grand spectacle. Of course, the performance celebrates the rhythmic and temperamental hula dance, along with its history and accompaniments, such as Polynesian tattoo art. The dancers are all “kumuhala” masters, naturally of Hawaiian origin. “Kahekili” takes the audience to a wondrous and fascinating world – one they won’t be able to resist.
Choreographer Hokulani Holt, whose maternal ancestors were master hula dancers, has directed the dance ensemble for 30 years. Working together with Pali Ahue and Keali’i Reichel, the group cultivates and practices traditional Hawaiian culture.
Co-production: MACC – Maui Arts and Cultural Center & Kauahea Inc, Hawaii