The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) will offer views into several facets of Hawai'i history and heritage this weekend, with two events in The MACC's lineup of 2013-14 performances.
"The Legend of Ko'olau"
First, on Saturday evening, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., The MACC will present the premiere of "The Legend of Ko'olau," a play by local author Gary T. Kubota. This one-man play, acted by Ed Ka'ahea and directed by Keo Woolford, tells the story of a Hawaiian man who became an "outlaw" while trying to protect his family's right to live on the land in Kaua'i after the loss of Hawaiian sovereignty in 1893.
The MACC will present the premiere of “The Legend of Ko‘olau,” a play by local author Gary T. Kubota, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The enforcement of leprosy laws at that time would have consigned Kaluaiko'olau and his son to the "Living Grave" settlement at Kalaupapa, but Ko'olau's wife, Pi'ilani, was resolved to keep the family together. Ko'olau had been a cowboy, fought against the militia and was an excellent marksman. These factors, as well as the vast wilderness of Kaua'i's Kalalau Valley, contribute to his cause.
"The Legend of Ko'olau" is a tale of love and survival. Don't miss this riveting slice of Hawaiian history! Tickets are just $25.
Heritage Films: "Kuleana"
A contemporary view of the efforts to keep Hawaiian things Hawaiian will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. A film series called Heritage Films has been conceived by The MACC's cultural director, Kumu Hula Hokulani Holt. The first of this two-part series will be presented under the title of "Kuleana." This will be a collection of short films addressing various subjects facing the Hawaiian communities, created by the organization 4 Miles LLC, in partnership with Kamehameha Publishing Kumukahi Project and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
The organization's mission is to promote a better global understanding of the people and practices that make Hawai'i unique, as well as to encourage the protection and perpetuation of Hawai'i's resources.
The films highlighted in this "Kuleana" session will take the audience on a huaka'i throughout the pae'aina--to shine the light on good work being done by many in the community to ensure that laws are being followed to protect iwi kupuna, precious resources, sacred sites and traditional/customary rights (among other issues).
There will be a talk-story session following the films.
Tickets for this intriguing and thought-provoking afternoon are just $10.
Both of these programs will be held in the McCoy Studio Theater at The MACC.
For tickets, call 242-SHOW (7469), visit the Box Office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or purchase online at MauiArts.org.