Wednesday, Dec 31, 1969 -
The epic story of Hina, the Helen of Hawai‘i
Students from Kamehameha Schools–Hawai’i Campus will showcase their talents in fine art, Hawaiian language, chant, solo and choral singing, dance, instrumental performance, and drama with a presentation of the Hawaiian language opera, “Hā‘upu,” in the Castle Theater.
“Hā‘upu” is based on the legend of Hina and her son, Kana. Hina, an ali‘i from Hilo, is kidnapped by Kapepeʻekauila, a rogue ali‘i from the island of Moloka‘i. In retaliation for this outrageous kidnapping, Hina’s sons Kana and Nīheu mount an attack on Kapepeʻekauila’s fortress on the north shore of Moloka‘i on the cliffs of Hā‘upu.
While the daring rescue is being conceived and carried out, Hina unexpectedly begins to fall in love with her captor, Kapepeʻekauila. In the end, Hina is saved by her sons and Kapepeʻekauila is vanquished, although the true fate of Hinaʻs love for the Molokaʻi aliʻi is unknown.
Hā‘upu debuted early last year at Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i as part of the school's annual Hō‘ike, an all-school production that incorporates song, chant and dance to tell a story that connects back to Native Hawaiian culture and mo‘ōlelo (stories). The production also made history last August when it was selected by the American High School Theater Festival to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest performing arts festival. This was the first Hawaiian language and hula production in the festival's nearly seven decades long history. A group of 19 students were cast to journey to Edinburgh.
CLICK HERE to see scenes from the opera and to hear students and kumu from Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus talk about traveling to Scotland to participate in the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
CLICK HERE for some highlights from performances on Edinburgh's Royal Mile from the cast of Hāʻupu.
CLICK HERE for the menu
Tickets: $25, $35 (plus applicable fees)
Kids 12 and under half-price