Recalling Hawai'i, a stunning, multi-media chronicle of hula, mele and oli, will be presented on Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.
Visionary Roselle Keli'ihonipua Bailey directs the diverse cast of over 70 performers of all ages, including dancers, chanters, musicians (including Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning Na Kaholokula) and actors. Ten halau are uniquely woven together under Ka'Imi Na'auao O Hawai'i Nei Institute, a nonprofit Hawaiian organization widely recognized as a leader in teaching all aspects of Hawaiian culture.
Ka'Imi has orchestrated worldwide educational exchanges for some 40 years. Recalling Hawai'i began in 2010 by a special invitation to perform at Heidelberg Castle in Germany. It also had sold out shows in Basel, Switzerland, that same year and a sellout again on Kaua'i in May 2011.
Roselle Keli‘ihonipua Bailey, regarded as one of the renaissance teachers of hula and Hawaiian culture, is preparing the largest cast yet for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center performance in the Castle Theater on Saturday, June 2.
Photo: Mike Teruya
Kaua'i Community College Theater rated the show in the top ten of last year. The audience gave the action-packed production a standing ovation.
Performers from Maui, O'ahu, Kaua'i, California, Samoa, Germany, Switzerland and Austria began rehearsing last autumn for this coming presentation on Maui on June 2. This will be their largest group ever to perform.
The show is Roselle's interpretation of Hawai'i's history from the time of creation, or "Kumulipodarkness," through all the historical highlights that have made Hawai'i what it is today. It mixes traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, complemented by a continuously changing display of backdrop images.
Attendees who arrive on time will have the opportunity to witness the unveiling of an original watercolor painting by Maui Artist of the Year Philip Sabado. Attendees arriving once the program is under way must enter the hall after the end of the first oli.
Recalling Hawai'i is a fundraiser for Lae'ula O Kai, Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows and Ka'Imi Na'auao 'O Hawaii Nei Institute.
Advance tickets are $25 for adults and 415 for keiki under the age of 12. On the day of the show, tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children.
Visit www.kaimi.org and call (808) 878-2697 for tickets.