Praise for Recalling Hawaii California

Praise for Recalling Hawaii California

Dear Roselle and Jim, Savitri, and the Board, Cast, and Supporters of Ka’imi Na’Auao ‘o Hawai’i Nei: Mahalo Nui Loa for the gift that you gave the people of California.  Your Marin performance of “Recalling Hawaii” was absolutely magnificent! From start to finish the audience was enthralled with the Aloha that you poured upon us.  The sheer truth, beauty, emotional depth, and artistry of it was so powerful that every person in that theater was deeply touched…so deeply that tears were flowing very frequently throughout the show.  Roselle’s words about tears at the show opening really opened the healing flood gates! Sitting in the audience, surrounded by strangers, I constantly heard people gasping with awe, whispering “Wooowww” and “Oh my God!”  Really, it was just amazing the engagement that you performers accomplished with the audience.  It was life-changing for those lucky people who were there. They were so surprised at how good and full of learning this show was! As usual there were people who had no idea there was an overthrow by the USA.  Many in attendance were amazed that there was so much they could learn about Hawaiian culture. After the show one serious hula student friend of mine from Marin exclaimed to me  “I am so ashamed of my poor ability in Hawaiian language!  I must study much harder!”  I heard several people express joyful amazement at how accomplished the kamali’i were.  One man asked me why there were no men dancing.  He said “I know that men dance hula … why were there none here tonight?”  I wished I had a good answer for him....
Recalling Hawai’i – Maui Performance

Recalling Hawai’i – Maui Performance

Ka`Imi Na`auao `o Hawai`i Nei Institute Presents RECALLING HAWAI`I   Read the Review View the Photos JUNE 2, 2012 6:30 PM MACC CASTLE THEATER Recalling Hawai`i,” is a hula and history chronicle,  spanning from Kumulipo beginnings through present times and the  proud future of  Hawai`i expressed through oli, mele, and hula, and  background visuals. Joining together in this  multi-media presentation are Ka `Imi  members–a cast of over  50 dancers, musicians, and singers–from Hawai`i California, and Europe. The program, which was first presented, by special  invitation, in Heidelberg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland (June 2010) and was performed to a “sold-out” Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center last year, is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. At that time we will be entertained by Na Kaholokula, who carry on the tradition of haku mele, Uncle Jimmy Kaholokula, composer of many classic mele such as “Pua Olena”. Read the Maui Now Article, February 6, 2012: Roselle Bailey – Kumu Hula Goes International Ka`Imi Na`auao `o Hawaii Nei Institute Kaimi.org Supported by Hawaii Tourism Authority and  Maui County...
KA `IMI’s ‘Recalling Hawai`i’, A TRIBUTE TO HAWAIIAN PRIDE AND LEGACIES FROM THE ALI`I

KA `IMI’s ‘Recalling Hawai`i’, A TRIBUTE TO HAWAIIAN PRIDE AND LEGACIES FROM THE ALI`I

KA `IMI’s ‘Recalling Hawai`i’, A TRIBUTE TO HAWAIIAN PRIDE AND LEGACIES FROM THE ALI`I by Dawn Fraser Kawahara  © 2011 This year in a May 28 performance, a pinnacle in hula learning and presentational skills for Ka `Imi Na`auao o Hawai`i Nei Institute members was reached during the evening presentation of “Recalling Hawai`i” at the Kaua`i Community College Performing Arts Center. The hula chronicle played to a sold-out house. From the moment the large pu sounded and the chanting began – “Aroha tatou, e na tupuna. . .”– and the spotlights focused on colorfully-costumed figures before a screen splashed with images of Kaua`i and Hawai`i, the energy between audience and cast circled and continued to build over two segments covering several hours of dance and music researched and choreographed to “chart” time from the Kumulipo through the peaceful time of Manokalanipō to the days of the Monarchy. Following “Hawai`i Aloha,” at the closing, the receptive audience awarded the over forty dancers, chanters, musicians and supporters involved in the challenging hula drama with a stand-up “hana hou” reaction. At this point, artistic director and President Emeritus of Ka `Imi Institute, founder Roselle Keli`ihonipua Bailey, of Maui, introduced the cast members  in the ambitious presentation who had traveled to merge together with Kaua`i Ka `Imi members from, O`ahu, Maui, California, and Germany. This Hawai`i premiere built on the the first European performances of “Recalling Hawai`I”, presented successfully in June 2010 in Germany and Switzerland by invitation. Kumu Hula Bailey when interviewed said she chooses to continue the tradition of Hawaiian creativity in finding new ways to blend the old with the...