Eia Ka Hula: Behold The Hula
Eia Ka Hula : Behold The Hula- The Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po'hala (hula school) presents
At New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space June 3, 2011
A story untold about six generations of Hawaiian women, masters of hula, who propelled preservation of Hawaiian arts into the 21st century will be shared by the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala (hula school) from Waimea, Island of Hawai’i, at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space on Broadway at 8 p.m., Fri., June 3, 2011.
Called “Eia Ka Hula: Behold The Hula,” the performance will bring to life the Beamer-Solomon family’s 150-year cultural legacy through hula, ancient chants, significant moments in Hawaiian history and family stories. Richly rooted in a love of the land and elements of nature, and laced with strict protocols passed down through five to a sixth and now seventh generation, the Beamer-Solomon hula drama of kahiko (ancient) and auwana (contemporary) dances will be directed by the current halau Hula Loea (dance master) Hulali Solomon Covington, M.Ed., with commentary by her sister, Malama Solomon, Ph.D., who serves as the halau Kakau ‘Olelo (Hawaiian historian).
Joining them for the Peter Norton Symphony Space presentation will be Kumu Hula (dance teacher) Keala Ching, another beloved Hawaiian cultural educator, composer, chanter, song writer and kumu (teacher) who was trained by the late Darrel Lupenui and subsequently, Hula Loea Frank Hewett.
Complementing the presentation visually will be now famous paintings of the people of Hawai’i and their gods and goddesses by the renowned late artist Herb Kawainui Kane.
Providing musical accompaniment will be Russell Paio, Ikaika Marzo, Stephanie Apolo and Nathan Grace.
Tickets for the performance are 5 with special prices available for seniors, students, children and Halawai members. For tickets, go to www.symphonyspace.org and search for the June 3 Beamer-Solomon Halau O Po’ohala performance on the home page calendar.