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“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.

“Huaka‘i: A Polynesian Adventure” Premiers APRIL 20-21 ‘Hula Theatre’ Scholarship Benefit

“Huaka‘i” (hoo-ah-kah-ee) means “trip, voyage, journey, mission, or procession.”  “Huaka‘i: A Polynesian Adventure” means the community has an opportunity to experience the world premier of a new hula theatre production, April 20-21 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  The premier is a scholarship benefit for the students of ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy (APDA).

"Huaka'i: A Polynesian Adventure" premiers April 20-21 at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Ballroom, Photo courtesy of 'Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.

“Huaka‘i” is an adventure expressed in dance, created by Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs and shared by the APDA students.  Fully-produced for the Hapuna Ballroom, with vivid costumes, live music and professional staging, the show will craft a story with hula from Hawai‘i, Tahiti and New Zealand, rich in music, myth and emotion.

“E pūlama nā liko – ‘Treasure the Youth’ is our mission,” said Isaacs, a lifelong dancer, teacher, professional entertainer and choreographer.  “We think of our Academy as ‘hula with a purpose,’ and that purpose is to honor and educate our young people, and to pass to them the traditional wisdom of our kūpuna.”

Hula is the art of sharing from the heart and soul. Dancers, from a young age, study the intricacies of this indigenous art form, as well as the music, language and chant, crafting of musical instruments, costume and adornments–and the history and culture that embrace them.  With “Huaka‘i” Isaacs’ goal is to keep these traditions alive by artistically presenting the stories of our ancestors on a formal stage setting, where it rightfully belongs, as with other performing art disciplines.

Tickets are $20 Adults, $15 Students 13-24, $10 Keiki 6-12. Keiki under 6 are free. A limited number of VIP Sponsor Tables of ten are available for $250. Tickets are available at Sleek to Chic Salon & Day Spa and Big Island Surf in Waimea, and may be purchased from APDA Hālau Members or at the door.  Food and beverages will be available for sale, as will craft items, Polynesian jewelry, hula implements and a Silent Auction.

For more information, call 887-0369, email: contactAlohiPDA@gmail.com or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com.

Navy Receives Superferries… Will Be Used in Japan for Troop and Equipment Transport

The Navy has just gotten $210 million worth of high speed cats for $35 million. The U.S. Maritime Administration reports that it has now transferred the former Hawaii super ferries Huakai and Alakai to the U.S. Navy and that the Navy provided $35 million to the Maritime Administration for both vessels.


Back in October 2005 we reported shipbuilder Austal USA as saying that the order for the pair had become unconditional following Maritime Administration approval of a $139,731,000 Title XI loan guarantee, or approximately 78.5 percent of a total shipbuilding project cost of $178 million. That allowed the signing of a $210 million financial closing agreement .

That works out at a ship price of $105 million a copy (at 2005 prices), which compares with the $151.8 million to $185.4 million a copy the Navy is paying for the seven JHSV’s on order at Austal USA.

The Navy plans to use Huakai and Alakai to transport troops and equipment to training areas from Okinawa and other locations. These vessels will help the Navy meet these unique operational requirements without the need to build new vessels. Powered by waterjet engines, the catamarans can each carry 288 cars and 866 passengers.

The Maritime Administration took possession of the two ships after Hawaii Superferry, Inc., defaulted on the loans that the Maritime Administration had guaranteed.

The vessels are currently docked at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va.