These powerful moʻolelo are brought to life with a contemporary twist, as a glam rock opera.
Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth
Tickets are available now for our Hōʻike A Haʻi performances in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Haumāna have four performance in total on August 4, 5, 8 and 9 at various times. Tickets are just £5.
If you're planning to be anywhere around Edinburgh at that time, come out and support our haumāna in this endeavor of showcasing our Hawaiian culture and language with the world. Or please share with friends or ʻohana who may be in the area. Purchase at: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/pai-ea.
Before heading to Scotland, there were three performances on-island that took place in July (July 8 at Kahilu Theater, July 14 here at Lunalilo Hale, and July 21 at UH Hilo.) It was an opportunity for Hawaiʻi audiences to see the traveling version of the show before anyone else and support our performers as they get ready for this journey of putting another ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi opera out on a world stage.
This is the third time that Kamehameha Hawaiʻi has been invited to perform at the Fringe through the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) by WorldStrides. Past operas showcased were Hāʻupu in 2016 and The Battle of Kuamoʻo in 2019.
PAIʻEA honors the chiefly lineage of our kula, and celebrates the life and achievements of Kamehameha Paiʻea, the great-grandfather of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi. This powerful moʻolelo is brought to life with a contemporary twist, as a glam rock opera. The opera depicts his birth, the lifting of the pohaku Naha, and the Battle of Moku'ohai. PAIʻEA is the first in a trilogy of rock opera performances being developed at Kamehameha Hawaiʻi campus, focusing on Kamehameha I.
See the program to learn more about the show.
In addition to the recording of the Friday night performance from Hōʻike which was released in April, the Thursday Opening Night performance is now available on the Kamehameha Schools YouTube channel, or watch on the player below.