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If you like the Hula and are on Kauai at the end of June, then we've got just the thing for you!

Hālau Hula Ka No`eau will present  “HAWAIIAN LEGACY … the deconstruction of music and hula … Kahauanu and Maiki Aiu Lake”, Saturday, June, 28 @ 7:30 p.m. at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue, Kauai.
            The evening performance will highlight the work of the late Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake and ukulele virtuoso Kahauanu Lake.  Kahauanu is noted for his Hawaiian musical arrangements with the ukulele as the lead instrument and his signature “Hawaiian Jazz-Swing Style” of music.   His late wife Maiki, who is often credited as “mother of the Hula Renaissance”, trained the majority of Hawai`i’s leading kumu hula during the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Today, there are three generations of kumu hula that maintain her legacy.  The work the Lakes produced was the front-runner to the Hawaiian Renaissance and it continues to be the standards of excellence all others try to emulate.  The concert is presented in part by a grant appropriation from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts American Master’s Program.
            “It is exciting to have Auntie Maiki and Uncle “K” considered American Masters by the National Endowment for Arts”, says Michael Pili Pang, kumu hula of Hālau Hula Ka No`eau.  Kumu Pang, who is also the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts in Honolulu, has been working for ten years to have the Lakes be recognized as “American Masters”.  In the spring of 2004, Pang took part in the “20th Century Dance Masters … Sharing the Legacy Dance Concert” at Hunter College in New York City, where he presented three of Mrs. Lake’s chorography on the same concert as the choreography of other dance masters such as Martha Graham, José Limón, George Balanchine, and Merce Cunningham.
            “Just because we’re in the middle of the Pacific doesn’t mean we don’t have great Masters; we have some of the best and they need to be recognized” explains Pang.  “This grant from the NEA and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts validates the achievements and merits of our Hawaiian Masters, particularly the Lakes who contributed so much to the arts and culture.”          
      Pang conceived the idea of presenting the evening concert in a “talk story format” last summer when he and his hānai Uncle “K” released the Lake Trio’s Kaimana Beach CD.  Joining Pang and Lake on stage will be the teachers of Hālau Hula Ka No`eau, Huliau Dance Company.  These are a few of the people who maintain the “Hawaiian Legacy” of hula and music of the Lakes shared with Hawai`i. A $90,000 grant from the NEA American Master’s Program has allowed Pang and his hālau to bring this concert to Kauai. Previous performances have been in Honolulu and in Waimea on the Big Island, and the MACC on Maui.

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 0 commentsRonnie Margolis • May 29 2008 12:17PM