UH delegates present at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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The University of Hawaiʻi is once again being featured in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. One of this year’s themes is “One World, Many Voices,” which highlights the preservation of indigenous languages.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival invited UH back this year to share how the university helped stop the demise of the Hawaiian language. Students, faculty and staff from UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College are sharing how language embodies culture, history, values and world views for centuries and into modern times. The UH exhibit features presentations, “talk stories” and demonstrations that cover taro pounding, Niʻihau shell making and non-instrument celestial navigation.

The festival continues through July 7 on the National Mall.

Read more about UH’s presence at the festival.

<p>University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.

<p>University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.

<p>Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham among the appreciative audience enjoying the University of Hawaii performances.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham among the appreciative audience enjoying the University of Hawaii performances.

<p>University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.

<p>Gary and Kihapai Krug's children share a song about their home.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Gary and Kihapai Krug's children share a song about their home.

<p>University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Professor Aaron Sala begins the group's presentation with a traditional welcoming chant.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Professor Aaron Sala begins the group's presentation with a traditional welcoming chant.

<p>Gary (Kalehua) Krug, University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Specialist, educates a Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitor on Hawaiian board games.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Gary (Kalehua) Krug, University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Specialist, educates a Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitor on Hawaiian board games.

<p>University of Hawaii performers Aaron Sala, Gary Krug and Kihei Nahale-A and their ohana prepare to take the main stage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The group will share Hawaiian hula, mele and oli.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii performers Aaron Sala, Gary Krug and Kihei Nahale-A and their ohana prepare to take the main stage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The group will share Hawaiian hula, mele and oli.

<p>The University of Hawaii delegation coordinator Aaron Sala and his wife Makanani stop for a moment to enjoy the festivities at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

The University of Hawaii delegation coordinator Aaron Sala and his wife Makanani stop for a moment to enjoy the festivities at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

<p>Gary (Kalehua) Krug, University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Specialist, educates a Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitor on Hawaiian board games.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Gary (Kalehua) Krug, University of Hawaii at Manoa Assistant Specialist, educates a Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitor on Hawaiian board games.

<p>Last minute instructions from Kumu hula Snowbird Bento.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Last minute instructions from Kumu hula Snowbird Bento.

<p>Visitors learn about kalo, a staple of the Hawaiian diet at the University of Hawaii exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Visitors learn about kalo, a staple of the Hawaiian diet at the University of Hawaii exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

<p>Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors try their hand at konane (Hawaiian checkers).</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors try their hand at konane (Hawaiian checkers).

<p>Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors try their hand at konane (Hawaiian checkers).</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors try their hand at konane (Hawaiian checkers).

<p>University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.

<p>University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

University of Hawaii faculty and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.

<p>Puakea Nogelmeier, University of Hawaii at Manoa professor, leads a talk story session on the story of Hawaiian Immersion, the birth of the 'Aha Punana Leo and the successful struggle to save the Hawaiian language from extinction.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Puakea Nogelmeier, University of Hawaii at Manoa professor, leads a talk story session on the story of Hawaiian Immersion, the birth of the 'Aha Punana Leo and the successful struggle to save the Hawaiian language from extinction.

<p>Hawaii Community College Associate Professor Taupori Tangaro, wife Kekuhi Kanahele and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Hawaii Community College Associate Professor Taupori Tangaro, wife Kekuhi Kanahele and their ohana share Hawaiian oli and hula with Smithsonian Folklife Festival audiences.

<p>Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors try their hand at konane (Hawaiian checkers).</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors try their hand at konane (Hawaiian checkers).

<p>Puakea Nogelmeier, University of Hawaii at Manoa professor, leads a talk story session on the story of Hawaiian Immersion, the birth of the 'Aha Punana Leo and the successful struggle to save the Hawaiian language from extinction.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Puakea Nogelmeier, University of Hawaii at Manoa professor, leads a talk story session on the story of Hawaiian Immersion, the birth of the 'Aha Punana Leo and the successful struggle to save the Hawaiian language from extinction.

<p>A mini taro patch on the National Mall in Washington D.C. helps demonstrate the connection between Hawaiians, their environment and their language.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

A mini taro patch on the National Mall in Washington D.C. helps demonstrate the connection between Hawaiians, their environment and their language.

<p>While at the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections, the University of Hawaii delegation saw tapa cloth from Hawaii circa 1830s from among the first American expeditions collecting archival and archaeological specimens.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

While at the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections, the University of Hawaii delegation saw tapa cloth from Hawaii circa 1830s from among the first American expeditions collecting archival and archaeological specimens.

<p>Earl Kawa'a demonstrates the creation of a papa ku'i 'ai (poi pounding board) to Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors. Kawa'a will craft a papa ku'i 'ai  and  ku'i 'ai pohaku (poi pounder) during the festival to donate to the Smithsonian Institution.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Earl Kawa'a demonstrates the creation of a papa ku'i 'ai (poi pounding board) to Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors. Kawa'a will craft a papa ku'i 'ai and ku'i 'ai pohaku (poi pounder) during the festival to donate to the Smithsonian Institution.

<p>One World, Many Voices celebrates the resurgence of Hawaiian and other endangered languages around the world at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

One World, Many Voices celebrates the resurgence of Hawaiian and other endangered languages around the world at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

<p>Earl Kawa'a demonstrates the creation of a papa ku'i 'ai (poi pounding board) to Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors. Kawa'a will craft a papa ku'i 'ai  and  ku'i 'ai pohaku (poi pounder) during the festival to donate to the Smithsonian Institution.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Earl Kawa'a demonstrates the creation of a papa ku'i 'ai (poi pounding board) to Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors. Kawa'a will craft a papa ku'i 'ai and ku'i 'ai pohaku (poi pounder) during the festival to donate to the Smithsonian Institution.

<p>The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections. A Smithsonian guide describes the derivation of carved wooden bowls from Hawaii, early to mid 1800s.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections. A Smithsonian guide describes the derivation of carved wooden bowls from Hawaii, early to mid 1800s.

<p>While at the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections, the University of Hawaii delegation saw tapa cloth from Hawaii circa 1830s from among the first American expeditions collecting archival and archaeological specimens.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

While at the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections, the University of Hawaii delegation saw tapa cloth from Hawaii circa 1830s from among the first American expeditions collecting archival and archaeological specimens.

<p>The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections. They viewed kapa from the 1840s and intricate feather capes. They also saw the oldest Hawaiian canoe, which was donated by Queen Kapiolani to the Smithsonian.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections. They viewed kapa from the 1840s and intricate feather capes. They also saw the oldest Hawaiian canoe, which was donated by Queen Kapiolani to the Smithsonian.

<p>The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections where they saw carved wooden bowls from Hawaii, early to mid 1800s.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections where they saw carved wooden bowls from Hawaii, early to mid 1800s.

<p>The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections. Hawaii Community College Associate Professor Taupouri Tangaro gets a closer look at hula pahu from the early 1800s.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

The University of Hawaii delegation was treated to a special visit to the archives of the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections. Hawaii Community College Associate Professor Taupouri Tangaro gets a closer look at hula pahu from the early 1800s.

<p>While at the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections, the University of Hawaii delegation saw tapa cloth from Hawaii circa 1830s from among the first American expeditions collecting archival and archaeological specimens.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

While at the Smithsonian's Natural History and Anthropology Collections, the University of Hawaii delegation saw tapa cloth from Hawaii circa 1830s from among the first American expeditions collecting archival and archaeological specimens.

<p>The crowd shows their appreciation for the University of Hawaii performers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival stage.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

The crowd shows their appreciation for the University of Hawaii performers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival stage.

<p>Master Navigator Kalepa Baybayan, of the Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, explains non instrument navigation within the context of the Hawaiian language.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Master Navigator Kalepa Baybayan, of the Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, explains non instrument navigation within the context of the Hawaiian language.

<p>Niihau lei maker Kanani Beniamina demonstrates the art of shell lei crafting to Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors at the University of Hawaii exhibit.</p>

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

Niihau lei maker Kanani Beniamina demonstrates the art of shell lei crafting to Smithsonian Folklife Festival visitors at the University of Hawaii exhibit.

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