Hoakua: Elevated Perceptions
Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (HST)
The Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation is pleased to present "Hoakua: Elevated Perceptions," an evening of dance, music, and spirituality bringing together traditional Japanese and Hawaiian dance in celebration of a common respect for the environment.
The Foundation has invited Mr. Yoshida, the high priest of the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine at Kamakura, Japan, to Hawai‘i to share environmental kinship through the Shinto religion and Hula. Mr. Yoshida and the Gagaku-dan—the ancient court music orchestra and their Miko (maiden) dancers—will perform at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Event seating is unreserved and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 6:00 p.m.
The invitation to Hawai‘i was prompted by Hālau O Kekuhi’s dedication dance in 2008 at the Hachiman Shrine, when the hālau visited Japan for a series of performances. While foreigners are typically discouraged from dancing at the shrine’s sacred pavilion, Hālau O Kekuhi was allowed to dedicate their dance.
After the dedication, the hālau was invited to lunch to discuss their practices. Both the hālau and the Hachiman people realized that they had so much in common at the core of their practices, they decided that it would be “beautiful”—spiritually, educationally, socially, and ecologically—if they introduced the Japanese and the Hawaiian fire deities to one another. From there, they conceived of this visit of Mr. Yoshida to Hawai‘i in 2013, with the ambition to bring his retinue of approximately 30 priests and maidens to Kīlauea in 2015.
For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, please call Leina‘ala Thornton at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation at 808-961-5242.
If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact Reiko Yoshida Hamano via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 808-990-4297.
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The Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation
The Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation (EKF) is a Hawaiian cultural-based organization established in 1990 to maintain and perpetuate the teachings, beliefs, practices, philosophies and traditions of the late Luka and Edith Kanaka‘ole.
EKF’s mission is to heighten indigenous Hawaiian cultural awareness and participation through its educational programs and scholarships. EKF has, as a major accomplishment, provided scholarships to native Hawaiian students attending the Hawai‘i Community College, the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, and other higher educational entities on Hawai‘i Island since 1990. Additionally, EKF has provided conditional awards to students of apprentice/mentorship cultural learning programs and cultural practitioners who enhance native Hawaiian culture among Hawai’i's people on the island of Hawai‘i.
EKF’s cultural antecedents are Luka’s father and mother, Ioane Kanaka‘ole and Haleaka Kaleopa‘a along with Edith’s mother, Ahi‘ena, and her granduncle, Lonokapu. EKF is a non-profit 501(c)3. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.edithkanakaolefoundation.org.