July 11, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hānau Ke Aliʻi hula drama is the life story of the renowned warrior King Kamehameha the Great. Illustrated through ancient storytelling, hula, chant and Hawaiian martial arts, Hānau Ke Aliʻi is a composite of untold and unpublished stories of Kamehameha. These stories were collected from the elders of the Waimea / Kohala district who are lineal descendants of Kamehameha.
In preparation for this project, Hālau Nā Kīpuʻupuʻu collaborated with 3,000 Waimea community members, who joined in the creation of authentic pieces of art / artifacts to bring our hula drama to life. This includes five 30-foot tall (never seen before) massive Kahili, forty niho ʻilio kupeʻe (Dog tooth anklets), which required 20,000 canine teeth, weaponry, feathered skirts, and more. In order to better understand the time period and culture of the era, the community and the hālau worked side by side to pound thirty sheets of kapa. All the garments worn in the show including skirts, tops, loin cloths, kihei, etc… were fashioned from these exquisite kapa pieces.
This ENTIRE hula drama performance is done with only traditional attire comprised of all natural fibers, handcrafted by the hālau and the community. No modern textiles are used. The culmination of all these artifacts creates a truly powerful image of self-sufficiency and sustainment that has not been seen in centuries. While this hula drama is a must see performance, it is also a “one of kind” authentic exhibition of Hawaiian culture and practices, allowing the viewer to be transported into the days of Hawaiian antiquity.