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The cultural heroism of Hawaiian leaders like George Helm, Eddie Kamae and Nainoa Thompson inspired the play featured in KS Hawaiʻi High School’s 12th Annual Hō‘ike, “E Paepae Hou ‘Ia Nā Pōhaku: Sustaining a Solid Foundation.” Performances are slated for March 12 and 13.

KSH hō‘ike honors the Hawaiian Renaissance through original play

Mar. 6, 2015

The cultural heroism of Hawaiian leaders like George Helm, Eddie Kamae and Nainoa Thompson inspired the play featured in KS Hawaiʻi High School’s 12th Annual Hō‘ike, “E Paepae Hou ‘Ia Nā Pōhaku: Sustaining a Solid Foundation.”

Public performances of the hō‘ike are slated for Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Koai‘a Gymnasium on the Kea‘au campus. A private 9 a.m. matinee show on March 13 will be performed especially for students from KSH elementary and middle schools, Hawaiian immersion schools, and Hawaiian-focused public charter schools.

The play was written by KS Hawai‘i language arts kumu Celeste Mapuana Volivar-Fry who will retire this May after 12 years of service to Pauahi’s legacy. It will be directed by performing arts kumu Eric Stack with musical direction by choir director Herb Mahelona.  

“This year’s hō‘ike features the stories of brave, intelligent and determined leaders and people, who charted the way for Hawaiians to reclaim their important place in this contemporary world,” says Dr. Holoua Stender, KS Hawai‘i po‘o kula (head of school).

The powerful play will feature the talents of 560 high school haumāna, their kumu, family members and alumni. Together, they will bring to life – through dialogue, oli, mele, and hula – the historical and monumental times of the recent past, presenting the story of the Hawaiian Renaissance. These events have reaffirmed Hawaiians’ existence on the ‘āina, and through reflection have inspired greater pride in being Hawaiian.

“This year’s hō‘ike epitomizes the pride and aloha of the high school that embraces the legacy and mission set forth by our Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop,” says Lehua Veincent, KS Hawai‘i High School po‘o kumu (principal). 

“I acknowledge and appreciate the entire high school – students, faculty, and staff – and the many hands of aloha that have helped to stage such a production.

“Be witness once again to the magnitude of talent of our haumāna and the guidance of our faculty and staff! Their hard work and collaboration in itself honors the legacy of Ke Ali‘i Pauahi.”  

Playwright Volivar-Fry says that she leaves this play as her “senior citizen’s legacy.”

“The inquiring minds of students, camaraderie of faculty, and can-do attitude of staff have made teaching at KS a pleasure, an adventure, and the highlight of my teaching career.”

Tickets are $5. Doors will open an hour before each performance. Call 982-0734 for more information.

KSH High School Hō‘ike

WHAT:
A play entitled “E Paepae Hou ‘Ia Nā Pōhaku: Sustaining a Solid Foundation,” inspired by the cultural heroism of Hawaiian leaders.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Doors will open an hour before each performance.

WHO:
The play, written by KSH language arts kumu Celeste Mapuana Volivar-Fry, will feature the talents of 560 high school haumāna, their kumu, family members and alumni.

DETAILS:
Tickets are $5 and will be available at the Koai‘a Gym box office from Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11 between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.

For details, call 982-0734.


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hawaiian culture, hoike, ks hawaii, keaau campus

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