English language version

Ma ke keʻena Hana Keaka a Hulahula o ke Kula Nui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa ka ʻakahi o ka lawelawe ʻana o ka hana keaka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ʻo ʻAuʻa ʻia: Holding On mai ka lā 27 o Kepakemapa a i ka lā 6 o ʻOkakopa ma ke kahua nui o ka hale keaka ʻo Kennedy.

Ma kēia hana keaka, he ʻehā haumāna i hoʻihoʻi ʻia aku i nā hulihia o ko Hawaiʻi moʻolelo, e hui kino ana me nā kūpuna o ia wā, e mele a e hula pū ana i ia wā ma ia mau wahi ponoʻī, a e ulu ana hoʻi me nā hiʻona o ka moʻolelo. ʻO Kumu Hailiʻōpua Baker ka haku a me ke alakaʻi hanohano o nei hana keaka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, nāna nō hoʻi ka papahana Hana Keaka Hawaiʻi e kaʻi.

He Hoʻohiki i Ka ʻōlelo a me Ka moʻolelo

Imai Winchester, Jorin Young

Imai Winchester, Jorin Young (Paʻi kiʻi: John Wells)

He moʻolelo Hawaiʻi aloha ʻāina ʻoiaʻiʻo ʻo ʻAuʻa ʻia: Holding On mai ke kuana ʻike o ʻehā haumāna. Iā lākou e noiʻi nōwelo aku ana, e huhuki ʻia aku ana lākou i ke au o nā kūpuna ma o nā hua lahilahi o ka wai ʻeleʻele i paʻi ʻia i nā nūpepa kahiko. Ma o kēia hana e kaunu aku ai lākou me nā kūpuna o ko Hawaiʻikūliʻu i hala. Ma o ia hana e ʻike ai lākou i ka manaʻo ʻiʻo o ka mana a me nā haʻawina nui o ka moʻolelo o ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina.

“He moʻolelo hoʻi ia i kohu loa i kaʻu ʻike a me ka ʻike a koʻu mau hoa pili a hoa hana kekahi i hoʻohiki i ka mākeʻe ʻana i ka ʻōlelo makuahine o mākou, na ka ʻōlelo hoʻi i kaʻi aku a hoʻākāka mai i ko mākou hoʻomaopopo ʻana i ka moʻolelo Hawaiʻi i paʻa ai ke kahua no ke kūkulu. I kū ai mākou i ke alo ʻoiaʻiʻo o ko mākou moʻolelo,” kā Baker ʻōlelo. I loko nō o ka nui o ka hana keaka, ua ʻānoniʻia maila nā kūmole kūʻiʻo o ia wā, ma o ka nūpepa, nā moʻolelo haʻi waha, a me nā palapala kū i ka wā o ke aupuni.

ʻO kekahi o nā ʻume nui o ka hana keaka kona ʻano kū i ka wā, “ʻAʻole he hoa waʻa like nā kanaka a pau… ʻaʻole e like ka huakaʻi,” wahi a Baker.

He mau pilina kūʻokoʻa ko nā haumāna pākahi i ko lākou mole ʻōiwi. ʻO kekahi, he pili hemo ʻole i nā loina kahiko mai o kikilo mai, ʻo kekahi ʻo ka ʻakahi kēia o ka ʻimi ʻana i kā lākou mea e kanaka ai. Ma o ka huakaʻi noiʻinaʻe e pilipili a hauhoa ʻia ai lākou a paʻa i ka hālau ʻike kuʻuna. Ma ka ʻōlelo a Baker, “Na lākou nō lākou e paipai, a e ʻoi aku ko lākou hopena ma muli o ia kīpaipai ʻana.”

Ke kūʻai likiki

E lawelawe ʻia ana ʻo ʻAuʻa ʻia: Holding On ma nā pō 27 a 28 o Kepakemapa a me nā pō 4 a 5 o ʻOkakopa i ka hapalua hola ʻehiku o ke ahiahi a ma ka lā 6 o ʻOkakopa e hōʻike ai ka hana keaka i ka hola ʻelua o ke awakea. Ma mua o nā hana keaka ahiahi i ka hapahā koe ka hola 7 e mālama ʻia ai he kūkākūkā manuahi ʻana me nā mea hana keaka i ka lā 28 o Kepakemapa a me ka lā ʻelima o ʻOkakopa.

  • $25 Maʻamau
  • $22 Kūpuna, pūʻali koa, lima hana kula nui
  • $20 He lālā o ka ʻaha hui pukana o mānoa
  • $15 No nā haumāna a ʻōpio
  • $8 Haumāna mānoa me nā laikini o ke kula nui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa

Ua komo pū nā kumu kūʻai lawelawe a pau i loko o ka uku hoʻokahi.

He P6 Hāliʻaliʻa ka lā 28 Kepakemapa. Hoʻēmi ʻia nā kumu kūʻai likiki, he 15 ka makua, he 10 nā kūpuna, ʻōpio, haumāna, pūʻali koa, a me nā lima hana, a he 5 nā haumāna mānoa.

E kūʻai ʻia nā līkiki ma o ka pūnaewele ma o etickethawaii.com, ma ke kelepona i ka helu 808 944 2697, a ma nā hale kūʻai likiki keaka. Hāmama ka pahu kūʻai likiki o Kennedy mai ka hola 10 o kakahiaka a ka hola 1 o ka ʻawakea. I ka P1 a ka P5 i nā pule o ka hōʻike, a ma mua iho o nā hōʻike.

ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi version provided by Kaipu Baker.

Imai Winchester, Kaipu Baker, Ākea Kahikina, Hina Keala, Dylan Chase Lee, Jorin Young (Photo credit: John Wells)

Hawaiian language and history at Kennedy Theatre

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the world premiere of ʻAuʻa ʻIa: Holding On September 27 through October 6 on the Kennedy Theatre mainstage.

In this new production, four UH Mānoa haumāna (students) are transported into pivotal moments in the history of Hawaiʻi, meeting legendary figures, experiencing mele and hula in those times and witnessing their cultural history transpire. Kumu Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker, associate professor and director of the Hawaiian Theatre Program at UH Mānoa, is the playwright and director of this Hana Keaka (Hawaiian theatre) play, which will be performed predominantly in the Hawaiian language with bi-lingual segments.

A commitment to language and history

At the heart of ʻAuʻa ʻIa: Holding On is a faithful account of Hawaiʻi’s past, from the perspective of the four haumāna. While researching a project for class, they embark on a journey that takes them into the repository of 19th century Hawaiian language archival materials. They connect with their kūpuna (ancestors), explore the meaning of mana (divine power/authority), and interrogate the histories of Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina (the Hawaiian archipelago).

“It’s a story that parallels my experience and the experience of my friends and colleagues who have made a commitment to learn our language, which has helped us to make sense of our history so that we can stand firm on that foundation and not hide from our history,” Baker said. Much of the script integrates source materials from the time, including newspaper accounts, correspondence and other historical documents.

One of the strengths of the play is how accessible it is. “Not everyone is on the same canoe…on the same journey,” Baker said.

The four main characters all have different connections with their heritage. Some are very much grounded in their culture, while others are still discovering their “Hawaiian-ness” for the first time. Through the collective journey they take, however, they come out of it more connected with their past. Baker said, “They push each other, and they become better people from it.”

Ticket information

ʻAuʻa ʻIa: Holding On will be performed September 27, 28, October 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee October 6 at 2 p.m. Free pre-show chats will take place at 6:45 p.m. preceding the performances on September 28 and October 5.

  • $25 Regular
  • $22 Senior, military, UH faculty/staff
  • $20 UH Alumni Association members
  • $15 Students/youth
  • $8 Students with valid UH Mānoa ID

Ticket prices include all service fees.

“Throwback Saturday” is Saturday, September 28. Tickets are reduced to: $15 Regular Adult, $10 Discount (Seniors/Youth/Students/Military/UH Faculty and Staff), and $5 Student with valid UH Mānoa ID.

Tickets are available online at etickethawaii.com, by phone at (808) 944-2697, and at participating outlets. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during show weeks, with extended hours on performance dates.