For over ten years, kumu hula and recording artist Keali'i Reichel and his students of Halau Ke'alaokamaile have presented their annual fundraiser, "Kukahi," at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). These outstanding, spectacular productions in Castle Theater have been an ongoing Valentine's Day gift to Maui residents and visitors, and this year is no exception. On Saturday, Feb. 11, and again on Sunday, Feb. 12, Kukahi will be performed, beginning 7:30 p.m. each night.
The production features the music of Reichel, chants, and of course, hula, representing the best of Hawai'i's traditional and contemporary poetry and dance today.
Reichel is recognized internationally as an accomplished chanter, musician, vocalist, composer and storyteller. In 1994, he independently produced and released a collection of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary songs and chants entitled "Kawaipunahele." His subsequent music releases earned him an esteemed place in the Hawaiian music industry. He is the recipient of 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and his consistent placement in Billboard's World Music and Heatseeker charts has garnered him worldwide attention.
Kumu hula and recording artist Keali‘i Reichel and his students of Halau Ke‘alaokamaile will present their annual fundraiser, Kukahi, an ongoing Valentine’s Day gift to Maui residents and visitors, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
In 1980, Keali'i founded his own hula school, Halau Ke'alaokamaile. The halau has won numerous awards over the years, including first in women's group competition for hula kahiko (traditional) and hula 'auana (modern) in 2010, and top Wahine Overall honors at the 2011 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. The ladies of Halau Ke'alaokamaile earned the coveted Lokalia Montgomery Perpetual Trophy in 2011. Tori Hulali Canha was named Miss Aloha Hula 2011, marking the second time that a soloist from the halau was named Miss Aloha Hula.
Proceeds from Kukahi 2012 will ensure that Halau Ke'alaokamaile can continuing representing Maui at the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo.
Tickets are $12, $35, $45 and $55 (plus applicable fees). Enjoy pre-show dining by Ka'anapali Beach Hotel on Saturday and by Kalama's Maui Ocean Grill on Sunday in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org.