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Watch the broadcast of night two of the KS Hawai‘i hō‘ike 2019 - The Battle of kuamo‘o, a Hawaiian opera. The broadcast took place on Friday, March 15.

Hawaiian opera to be presented at  'Imiloa Astronomy Center

April 15, 2019

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

As part of the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center's Merrie Monarch Cultural Enrichment Programs, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi will present two performances of "The Battle of Kuamoʻo".

Performances will take place on April 24 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are 90 minutes.

"The Battle of Kuamoʻo", an opera sung entirely in the Hawaiian language, tells the story of the fateful conflict after the death of King Kamehameha between regional chief Kekuaokalani, loyal to the traditional customs and religion, and Liholiho, the new king swayed by his regent mother to end the old ways to make way for the new. Through music, traditional dance and chant the story is retold of the fate of an island nation shaped by a single battle.

This special event will be the debut of a new performance of the Hawaiian opera from the traveling cast of the show as they prepare to take the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland this summer.

Reserve your tickets now by calling (808) 932-8901 or in person at the Guests Services Desk.

Pre-Sale Tickets: Members $10, Non-Members $12, Day of $15.

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The show on April 24 will debut the version of the show students will perform in Scotland this August.

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