Hula master to appear on Kaua’i Friday night

WAIPOULI —Pualani Kanahele will be on Kaua’i Friday for a special presentation

on Ka ‘Aha Hula ‘0 Halauaola in the Plumeria Garden Court at the Holiday Inn

SunSpree.

The program, from 6 to 9 p.m., is free and the public is invited

to attend.

The highly acclaimed hula master will present a lecture on the

topic of hula goddesses and their roles in the traditions of hula. She will be

joined by Leina’ala Kalama Heine, kumu hula of Na Pualei 0 Likolehua on O’ahu

and Kaua’i and Hokolani Holt-Padilla, kumu hula of Pa’u-o-Hi’laka on Maui.

Other accomplished hula practitioners will assist with the evening chant

workshop and conference orientation presentation.

Kanahele is one of the

organizers of the 2001 World Hula Conference to be held in Hilo July 29 to

Aug.1, 2001. The goal of the conference is to heighten the awareness of hula,

elevating the native practice beyond entertainment.

For the first time

ever, hula practitioners and enthusiasts from all over the world will be

invited to participate in the conference.

More than 100 kumu hula,

masters, teachers, cultural practitioners and artisans will come together to

teach and share their experiences and expertise in all aspects of hula.

Prior to the conference, a three-day workshop, No Ponohula, will be held from

July 26 to July 28. Those attending will learn to make traditional hula

implements, clothing and adornments.

Kumu hula Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele

is a product of a rich, deeply rooted hula tradition that has literally

involved a lifetime of learning. Together with her sister, Nalani Kanakaole,

Kanahele leads and directs the highly celebrated hula school from Hawai’i

Island known as, Halau 0 Kekuhi.

The Halau is celebrated for its mastery

of the ‘Aha’a style of hula – a low postured, vigorous, bombastic form of

hula—as well as for its expertise with different styles of oli (chant).

Their repertoire of hula springs from the eruptive volcano persona, Pele and

Hi’iaka.

Through generational transmission, the responsibility of

continuing the classic hula and oli tradition was sustained through matrilineal

descent. The rank of Kumu Hula for this halau is passed to the next generation

after the preceding generation has died.

Both Kanahele and Kanaka’ole are

the successors of their mother, the late renown hula master, Edith

Kanaka’ole.

Kanahele’s in-depth knowledge and experiences of traditional

hula have long provided the basis to her personal and professional success. In

addition to her distinguished role as Kumu Hula of HaIau 0 Kekuhi, she is an

assistant professor of Hawaiian Studies at the Hawai’i Community College In

Hilo. She is also a highly sought after lecturer and consultant of Hawaiian

culture, education and leadership who has been recognized time and time again,

for her valuable contributions and achievements.

She also serves as

president of the Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation and the Lalakea Foundation. Both

are cultural based nonprofit organizations dedicated to Hawaiian cultural

education and the preservation of the art of hula and other Native Hawaiian

customary practices.

Friday’s presentation is made possible through the

assistance of General Manager Ronald Kikumoto of the Holiday Inn SunSpree Hotel

In Wailua and the Kaua’i Heritage Center of Hawaiian Culture & The

Arts.

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