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2011 Events

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 7 ~ Nathan Aweau ConcertOur hula dancers with Nathan Aweau

Our haumana were delighted and honored to dance with Nathan Aweau, Hawaiian music's acclaimed vocalist, at his Ashland concert. Mahalo nui loa Nathan for your kind aloha and for the opportunity to hula accompanied by your exquisite vocals. Mahalo nui to John Williams, the concert producer, for extending such a warm welcome to our halau.

 

JULY

July 4 ~ Ashland's 4th of July The Fourth of July parade in Ashland OregonParade

This year's theme for our entry was Haleakala... Take 2!. Our generator died early on last year, which meant our music was not amplified for most of the parade. We felt Haleakala was due its honor by our dancing it again, once more with musicians Ha'ena accompanying us on the truck. We placed 2nd in our category!

 

JUNE

June 24 - 26: Cultural Festival at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

Cultural Festival at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau

Ka Pi'o O Ke Ānuenue was honored by the invitation to present hula at the 50th Anniversary Cultural Festival at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau on Hawai’i island this June. We are so very grateful for the warm aloha and acknowledgement extended to us and for the many blessings we received. Our lives are forever changed by this profound experience and we offer our heartfelt mahalos to all those who supported us on our journey, including Kumu Raylene, the park staff and volunteers, and all our friends and 'ohana.

MAY

May 21 ~ Evening of Aloha: A Hula & Hawaiian Music Concert

Evening of Aloha: A Hula & Hawaiian Music ConcertMahalo to all who came to attend our event! Proceeds from our Gala Benefit Performance supported the haumana who represented our hui in Hawai’i at the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Cultural Festival. A special mahalo to Ha'ena for generously contributing their time in support of our event. We are always so grateful to be joined by these talented musicians. Mahalo to all the businesses and individuals who so generously donated goods & services for our Silent Auction & Raffle. E waiwai nui kakou... may abundance be shared by all.

APRIL

First Friday hula at Houston's Framing & Fine Art Gallery April 1~ 1st Friday hula mini-show

Dancers from our Wednesday and Friday classes performed two hulas, Na Kuahiwi 'Elima, which tours five mountains Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, the Kohala range, and Haleakala — as well as E Ala E, a song that welcomes the morning sun.

 

April 16 ~ "Na Kamalei: Men of Hula" film screening with hula pre-show

This film follows legendary master teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school Hawai'i as Film Na Kamalei: Men of Hula

they prepare to compete at the world's largest hula festival, the Merrie Monarch. Often called the "Superbowl of Hula," the competition there is fierce, and the stakes are high for these dancers who include some of the oldest men at the festival. Blending dance, culture and personal stories, Na Kamalei beautifully captures the spiritual and artistic dimensions of hula in modern times. Proceeds from the evening supported our fundraising initiatives. * Mahalo nui loa to the filmmaker, Lisette Marie Flanary, for her support of this event. For more information, please visit Lehua Films

 

Film Na Kamalei: Men of HulaApril 23 ~ Earth Day hula performance at ScienceWorks

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum celebrated the 10th anniversary Rogue Valley Earth Day with more than 70 exhibits teaching about energy conservation, solid waste reduction, local food and farms, green products and building materials, renewable electricity sources, transportation alternatives and more.

Ka Pi‘o O Ke Ānuenue danced for almost an hour, with all classes represented, from keiki, to kane, to wahine. It was an incredible honor to offer hula on Earth Day, with the Hawaiian motto in heart and mind: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono, which literally translates into, "the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness".

MARCH

March 4 ~ 1st Friday hula mini-show

Dancers from our Wednesday and Friday classes performed two hulas, 'Ahulili, a fiesty, seductive love song accompanied by the ipu, a hollowed gourd implement, and Puamana, a beautiful mele that pays homage to a long-time family home in Lahaina, Maui.

Film American Aloha March 12 ~ "American Aloha" film screening with hula pre-show

American Aloha celebrates the renaissance of Hawaiian culture on distant shores. With more Native Hawaiians living on the U.S. mainland than on the islands, hula has become the living tradition that connects new generations to their ancient heritage. The film follows the work of three kumu hula, or master teachers, who are working abroad to perpetuate Hawaiian values into the future. Proceeds from the evening went toward Pu’uhonua O Honaunau fundraising. * Mahalo nui loa to the filmmaker, Lisette Marie Flanary, for her support of this event. For more information, please visit Lehua Films.