The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) invites you to experience its original hula drama, Kulanihako'i: Living Waters, when the traveling production returns for a final curtain call in the Castle Theater on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Created by Na Kinimakalehua, a consortium of Master Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt, Keali'i Reichel and Cliff 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.
The storyline revolves around the mystical lake, Kulanihako'i, from which all life flows. It is situated high in the heavens above the tallest volcanic peaks. 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 Maui Arts & Cultural Center invites you to experience its original hula drama, Kūlanihāko‘i: Living Waters, when the traveling production returns for a final curtain call in the Castle Theater on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
"We need to see water everywhere," Holt explained. "All native people know this. We decided to use water as our theme because it is an important part of being human. Kulanihako'i deals with our place in the cosmos and what we are going to do about it. It's about how Hawaiians view their place in the world and their future as well."
Narrated by Kumu Hula Pono Murray, the drama is enacted by a cast of 18 dancers and chanters. Behind the scenes, five theater professionals created lighting, sound, technical and stage direction and simply elegant costumes. They have all come together to present a moving, hauntingly beautiful production.
The program summarizes the story, "Generations of ancestral water deities perpetuate a cycle that lives in each of us... these waters are ancient, yet these waters are alive with us today these are living waters."
Tickets for the swan song of Kulanihako'i: Living Waters are available for $12, $32 and $40 (plus applicable fees). Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or order online at MauiArts.org.
Kulanihako'i: Living Waters is presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center and Kauahea Inc. with support from the County of Maui, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and KPOA 93.5 FM.