Hula Kiʻi is a critically endangered tradition of Hawaiʻi which features the use of carved or crafted images in the story telling and movements of hula. The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance (MUCID), in association with Kumu Hula Kiʻi Mauli Ola Cook, with support from Hula Preservation Society and its Director, Kumu Maile Loo, introduces this unique art form in the San Francisco Bay Area through a project sponsored by the 2021 Choreography Award, granted by the Gerbode Foundation. The project encompasses the research of classical themes, the construction of hula puppets, and the development of a dedicated hula ki’i practice within MUCID’s resident hālau.
The project culminates in the live performance: Wai Ola: ʻAukele and the Waters of Life, A Celebration of Hula Kiʻi.
ʻAukele is a Hawaiian folk hero who faces many challenges including a perilous sea voyage and his jealous brothers. The story also centers on themes of water, its value, and who controls access, present issues in California and Hawaiʻi.
March 18th, 2023
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA, 94501
Two shows: 2pm and 7pm
To learn more or purchase tickets visit, Waiola: ʻAukele and the Waters of Life