This month, the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center will host the KEAKA: Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival on June 14 and 15, featuring three different shows from Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, Mana Comics and our very own Hōʻike A Haʻi.
The Battle of Kuamoʻo is the featured show on Saturday night, June 15 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to the festival is free though donations will be accepted to help with travel costs as these haumāna prepare to bring this show to a worldwide audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Keaka performance is their last scheduled Hawaiʻi performance before traveling to the Fringe for four shows in Scotland. In April, students performed a new version of the opera for audiences at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center as part of their Merrie Monarch Week performances. In March, haumāna joined the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra(KPO) for the debut of a new symphonic suite for the opera at the KPO’s season closing performance at Kahilu Theatre.
"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.
See the event flyer for more information on the Friday night shows.
April 15, 2019
The traveling cast of "The Battle of Kuamoʻo" will debut a new performance of the Hawaiian opera as part of ʻImiloa Astronomy Center's Merrie Monarch Cultural Enrichment Programs on April 24.
March 14, 2019
If you missed the show in person or online, you can still enjoy Hōʻike 2019 - The Battle of Kuamoʻo, on Lehua TV.
March 12, 2019
Proceeds from the performances will help haumāna represent Hawaiian language, culture and moʻolelo on a global stage when they perform the opera at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
March 08, 2019
The 16th annual Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Hōʻike will feature the Hawaiian opera, The Battle of Kuamoʻo, on March 14 and 15.