Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) will present the world premiere of hula drama, Kulanihako'i: Living Waters on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Theater.
Created by Na Kinimakalehua, a consortium of master kumu hula Hokulani Holt, Keali'i Reichel and Pali Ahue along with emerging kumu hula Ulalia Woodside, Kauhilonohonua Padilla and Robert Ke'ano Ka'upu, this hula drama blends traditional Hawaiian chants with contemporary stories of Hawai'i.
Situated high in the heavens is the mystical lake, Kulanihako'i, from which all life flows.
“Generations of ancestral water deities perpetuate a cycle that lives in each of us—these waters are ancient, and these waters are alive with us today—these are living waters.”
Through dance, chant, storytelling and dramatic interpretation, Kulanihako'i: Living Waters depicts the many facets of water and the relationship between the ocean, land, sky and all living things. Stories from epic Hawaiian myths provide the backdrop to this presentation as told through the eyes of contemporary Native Hawaiians.
The water of life is summarized at the end of the program: "Generations of ancestral water deities perpetuate a cycle that lives in each of us-these waters are ancient, and these waters are alive with us today-these are living waters."
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m., the artistic team and cast members will present a free discussion and demonstration of the new hula drama in the McCoy Studio Theater. Two years in the making, Kulanihako'i: Living Waters with its artistic team, cast and crew will also travel to New Jersey immediately following the Maui performance, and then return to Hawai'i for performances on Hawai'i Island, Lana'i, Moloka'i, Kaua'i and O'ahu.
Tickets for the premiere of Kulanihako'i: Living Waters are $12, $32 and $40 (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or order online at MauiArts.org.