Waikiki Shell | Honolulu, Hawaii
For their silver jubilee anniversary, the Hālau i ka Wēkiu school will be holding a special one-off may day concert at the Waikiki Shell, Honolulu, Hawaii, on Monday the 1st of May 2023. The event will be celebrating the cultural heritage, significance and beauty of Hula – a cultural, complex tradition that has become recognizable across the globe. The event will also be a fundraiser to help raise money for hālau students to part-take in a cultural exchange to Tahiti in July 2023, inviting audiences to join the school in their passion and mission to enrich and preserve Hula dance and history. Tickets are currently on sale, so take your chance to soak up the glorious history of Hula whilst helping Hālau i ka Wēkiu further their mission in preserving and loving the art of Hula. Book your tickets for the 1st of May 2023 at the Waikiki Shell and celebrate with Halau I Ka Wekiu.
Since the dawn of the creation chant, ‘Kumulipo’, Hawaii’s heritage has been steeped in legends, with the hula dance playing a star part in the creation of the pacific islands, from the goddess of hula, Laka, birthing the dance on an island, to the goddess of fire creating the dance form to escape her sister, the goddess of the oceans. The hand gestures, chants, hip sways and foot movements of hula create steps, such as the kāholo, kaʻo, kāwelu, hela, ʻuwehe, and ʻami, that dramatize the oli (chants) or mele (songs) they accompany. Since 1998, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu is a school that has taken pride in basing their teachings and surroundings in Pauoa, Oʻahu, celebrating the rich and historical heritage of Hula, transporting audiences and performers to a place of legend and history. The school is based upon the traditional Hula genealogy, which goes back 8 generations to the island of Kauaʻi. For years, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu has been blessing audiences with the traditions of hula, competing in competitions and spreading the love and respect for the dance form, giving every audience member and dancer an authentic feeling of, ‘Mahalo’. Wearing the traditional Tapa skirts and lei headdresses with Hawaiian floral accessories they stay true to the traditions of Hula, yet add a freshness to their performances. For the special day concert on the 1st of May this year at the Waikiki Shell, the Kumu Hula (Hula Masters and Artistic Directors) of the school, Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang, will feature in the concert, both renowned for their mastery in Hula and compositions of Hawaiian music, along with the iconic Nā Kumu Hula and dancers from the Hālau i ka Wēkiu school, giving audiences a show full of waves and beats of dance with the traditional music and tales of Hawaii. The funds raised at the event will provide money for students to participate in a cultural exchange, an exchange that both celebrates the journey of the school and the continuation of its journey. It will be an amazing event, don’t miss it and secure your tickets today!