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The last time our performers were on the Kahilu Theater stage was something spectacular. Don't miss their next performance on July 8!

The Death of Kekuaokalani and Manono from the Battle of Kuamoʻo

June 29, 2023

In 2019, in advance of their performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, our Hōʻike a Haʻi haumāna hosted a series of special performances in our East Hawaiʻi community including a Merrie Monarch week performance at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and taking part in the Kāhea Hawaiian Language Theatre fesival at UH Hilo, showcasing the traveling version of their Hawaiian language opera, the Battle of Kuamoʻo.

One of those special performances was something a little different. Battle of Kuamoʻo Composer and KSH Choir Director Herb Mahelona is also a principal cellist for the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conducted a special performance for the KPO's season finale on March 24, 2019. Entitled "Of History and Nature", the program featured a world premiere of the arrangement of four of the songs from the opera, including this final number "The Death of Kekuaokalani and Manono". Our students joined the KPO for a truly spectacular, chicken-skin inducing performance.

On Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m., our Hōʻike a Haʻi haumāna will return to the Kahilu Theater stage to present their next opera that will travel to Scotland, PAIʻEA, which tells the moʻolelo of the early life of Kamehameha I in a glam rock opera style. You can now purchase tickets to that performance on the Kahilu Theatre website. 

In advance of that performance, we share this throwback of that incredible collaboration and last time they were on that stage. I Mua Kamehameha!

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