“HUAKA‘I, A Polynesian Adventure” – ‘Alohi Productions New Hula Theatre

‘Alohi Productions of Waimea has opened its summer company production of “Huaka‘i, A Polynesian Adventure” at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for a very special limited run.  Presented Thursday and Saturday evenings in the hotel’s Kamani Room at 7 p.m., “Huaka‘i” is an adventure expressed in music, drums and dance, created by Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs and the students of ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.

Huakai a Polynesian Adventure

PHOTO: Courtesy ‘Alohi Productions

Fully-produced for the resort setting, with elaborate costumes and professional staging, the show shares vivid stories from the Polynesian Triangle — Hawai‘i, Tahiti and New Zealand—rich in myth and emotion.  Dancers perform multiple roles as “Huaka‘i” unfolds, from the trans-Pacific canoe voyage of Pele and her dramatic impact on the islands, to legends of bird-filled skies and oceans alive with whimsical fish, along with haunting love stories, songs of home, and a stunning finale.

“E pūlama nā liko – ‘Treasure the Youth’ is our mission,” said Isaacs, a lifelong dancer, teacher, professional entertainer and choreographer.  “And these young dancers are as proficient and talented as any I’ve had the pleasure to work with.  They love to perform, and to meet their audience and interact with them after the show.  It’s wonderful to watch the cultural and multi-generational exchanges that take place in a very natural way whenever they dance.”

PHOTO: Courtesy 'Alohi Productions

PHOTO: Courtesy ‘Alohi Productions

In addition to the show, ‘Alohi Productions offers a series of Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori cultural classes, crafts, games and entertainment during the day, Tuesday through Saturday.  Programs include hula and lei-making, Tahitian dance, ‘ukulele lessons, poi ball practice and more.  To sign up, call the hotel directly at 808-880-1111.

Tickets for “Huaka‘i” are $40 Adults; Keiki under 12 free.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.  Bento dinner boxes and beverages are available for sale, as are craft items, Polynesian jewelry and hula implements.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 887-0369, email: contactAlohiPDA@gmail.com or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com, or call the hotel at 808-880-1111.

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