Aia I Ka Wai: Dialogues on [the Present and Future of] Hawaiian Music

The below is quoted directly from an emailed press release. For more information, please see contact information at bottom.

The series “ ... aia i ka wai ... Dialogues on [the Present and Future of] Hawaiian Music” brings together stellar constellations of cultural and educational leaders in a collaboration of unprecedented scale. Join us in a series of dialogues to recognize accomplishments and envision new directions for studying, teaching, presenting and producing Hawaiian music in the 21st century.

The Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s solidified the foundation for the flourishing of Hawaiian performance traditions. Amidst the momentous transformations in the music and entertainment industries globally, and the vigor of Native Hawaiian cultural self-determination, we are at an opportune moment to reflect, imagine, and chart paths anew.

Series convenor Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman* moderates five events that will facilitate interaction among invited participants and audience. Join in on exploring common goals for education and industry sectors to strengthen excellence in Hawaiian music.

Location:  Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2645 Dole St. Honolulu, HI 96822

Time:  6:00-8:30 pm; preceded by musical performance from 5:00-5:45pm

Free admission and open to all. Parking is available adjacent to the Center.


Friday January 21, 2010: Assessing the Documentary Record. What accomplisments should we be celebrating, and what endeavors should we be initiating?
Participants: DeSoto Brown, Jay Junker, Michael Keany, Maile Loo-Ching, Puakea Nogelmeier, Ricardo Trimillos

Friday February 4, 2010:  Producing Culture. What are the conditions necessary to support creative excellence?
Participants: Manu Boyd, Keala Chock, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Michael Pili Pang, Cody Pueo Pata, Jordan Sramek

Friday February 25, 2010: Creating Culture. What is the place of creativity and innovation in a heritage tradition?
Participants: Snowbird Bento, Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani, Nāpua Mākua, Taupouri Tangarō

Friday March 11, 2011: Nurturing the ‘Ōhā. What kinds of knowledge could strengthen the production and scholarship on Hawaiian performance?
Participants: Leilani Basham, Keawe Lopes, Nola Nahulu, Jon Osorio, Aaron Salā, Kalena Silva

Friday April 1, 2011: Gathering the Seeds. What new ‘ike have we generated about Hawaiian music and Hawaiian music studies? A summary and synthesis presented by series convenor Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman. Note: this program will take place at the UH Mānoa Music Department, Choral Rehearsal Room (Rm. 36). 

Major sponsorship for this series is provided by the Dai Ho Chun endowment at University of Hawai‘i Foundation, the UH Mānoa College of Arts & Humanities, the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and the UH Mānoa Departments of American Studies and Music.

* Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman is the 2010-2011 Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts & Humanities at UH Mānoa.

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