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 (in 1819) between Kona 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.
When: Thursday, March 14 and Friday March 15 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Koaiʻa Gym
Funds raised from the Hōʻike performances will help to defray travel costs for students traveling to perform this Hawaiian opera at the world's largest performing arts festival in Scotland, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Your support will help them represent Hawaiian language, culture and moʻolelo on an incredible worldwide stage.
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The unifying work of the high school surrounding the preparation of this year’s Hō‘ike epitomizes the pride and aloha of the high school in embracing the legacy and mission set forth by our Ke Ali‘i Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
Following Hōʻike, students will be performing the final section of the opera along with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday, March 24 at the Kahilu Theatre. The KPO will be premiering a new symphonic suite of the opera, which will be the backing music when students travel to Scotland. Visit www.kamuelaphil.org for more details and to purchase tickets.
Additional shows are scheduled for April 24 at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and on June 15 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. More details will be announced as those shows near.
February 20, 2019
Junior Kalaninui Wilson and sophomore Ewalea Dameg join Loeka in the KWXX studio to share more about Hōʻike 2019.
February 07, 2019
Kula Kiʻekiʻe will reprise Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi’s second Hawaiian opera, The Battle of Kuamoʻo, for Hōʻike 2019 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.