CELEBRATING SONG, DANCE, AND STORY

Mary Kawena Pukui Arts Festival Celebrates the Stories of the Heart

Honolulu, HI – It’s time again to honor the arts of native cultures through performances and cultural activities.  The eleventh annual Mary Kawena Pukui Arts Festival at Bishop Museum will take place on Sunday, February 13th from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This event is free for Bishop Museum Members.  A $5 special rate will apply for kama‘āina and military (proper identification required); children three and under are free.  Regular admission rates apply for all other visitors. 

This year’s theme:  Celebrate — Song, Dance, and Story of the Heart.  There is no denying that love in all its many manifestations is a driving force and inspiration for the performing arts.  Just one day before St. Valentine’s Day, the 2011 Mary Kawena Pukui Performing Arts Festival will celebrate love through stories, dances and songs performed by the talented artists assembled for this annual festival at Bishop Museum.

The festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies honoring the festival’s namesake, Mary Kawena Pukui.  Pukui is a revered Hawaiian scholar and linguist who valued the art of storytelling and the importance of oral history.  She published the first Native Hawaiian language dictionary and worked tirelessly to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian traditions of hula and storytelling.

Born in 1895, Pukui lived with her maternal grandmother until she was six.  She learned the Hawaiian language, chants, hula and legends.  Those lessons continued throughout her life as she continued to collect more stories that she would use to write more than 50 books and 150 songs.  Pukui worked at Bishop Museum for over 50 years helping to preserve chant texts, oral histories and ethnographic data collected in her research and fieldwork.  She passed away in 1986.


CELEBRATE! SONG, DANCE, AND STORY

11th Annual Mary Kawena Pukui Performing Arts Festival
February 13, 2011
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.       Opening Ceremonies
                                                        Uluwehi Castro & Marcus Quiniones, Masters of Ceremonies

                                                        Pua o Nā Ali‘i 
                                                        Makana Aloha- A tribute to Tūtū Mary Kawena Pukui

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.       Cola Voce Women’s Ensemble
                                                       Directed by Jace Saplan
                                                
                                                        Love is an Art
                                                        Performed by Aito Simpson Steele

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.         “Celebrate! Song, Dance, and Story”
                                                        An ECHO Collaborative Performance

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.            Love stories from Poliahu
                                                        Performed by Tau Dance Theater featuring Misa Tupou

                                                        Meet the ECHO Cast
                                                        Performances by
                                                        Stephen P. Blanchett II, Alaska Native Heritage Center
                                                        Casey Adam Bigpond, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
                                                        Anthony Bryant, North Slope Bourogh
                                                        Annawon Weeden, Peabody Essex Museum

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.           Stories of Love Gone Wrong
                                                        Performed by Kalama Cabigon

                                                        A Tribute to Tūtū Mary Kawena Pukui
                                                        Performed by Nā Hālau Pua O Nā Ali‘i & Ka Wailani Ākea
                                                        Nā Kumu Hula Wanda Mae Akiu & Zosimo Arista

2:50 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.            Maori & Pop Love Songs
                                                        Performed by Louisa Te‘i

This event is sponsored by grants from the Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO).  The purpose of ECHO programming is to amplify educational benefits, foster greater appreciation of local and national history and assist communities in maximizing the social benefits of new technologies.

Bishop Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Monday.  It is closed on Tuesdays.  For more information, please call 808.847.3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.

 -pau-

 

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