Patrick Makuakane and his award-winning dance troupe, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Weiku, return to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco for The Hula Show 2013, with 20 world premieres featuring traditional hula and Makuakane’s renowned hula mua, which blends Hawaiian dance with modern music.
Kumu Hula, Patrick Makuakane, received a highly competitive choreographer’s grant awarded by the Gerbode Foundation of San Francisco to integrate these unmined journalistic gems—from epic tales to news of the monarchy and feisty editorials to original songs submitted by readers.
“Hula expresses experiences through chanting and dance. These are the mediums Na Lei Hulu uses to tell the stories of love, sadness, and transformation,” says Makuakane. “We were incredibly honored to help transcribe the Hawaiian archival newspapers by diving into the print medium to continue our passion for storytelling.”
A featured collection of chants and dances are based on the epic saga of Hi'iaka, the favorite sister of the volcano goddess Pele. This story was presented to Hawaiian readers as a daily series in the newspaper Ka Na'i Aupuni between 1905 and 1906 containing hundreds of chants and a treasury of cultural knowledge. The opening suite of dances breathes new life into this beloved classic as audiences join Hi'iaka’s adventure traversing the Hawaiian archipelago.