HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After nearly 18 years, Hawaiian music and dance will be featured as part of the largest gathering of Pacific peoples.
Hawaiians will be making their debut at the annual Pasifika Festival in Auckland, New Zealand. Amy Kalili has more.
Hawai'i's delegation just left, very excited and well prepared.
Aloha kakahiaka kakou. Ua ha'alele aku nei na ‘elele o Hawai'i me ka nui o ka pihoihoi a makaukau pu.
"I think it's a real tribute to and recognition of Hawaiʻi as one of the Pacific cultures that has been really absent from the scene," said Vicky Holt-Takamine, kumu hula of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima.
He hanohano no ka Hawaiʻi, ʻo ia nô kekahi o ko ka Pâkîpika, i ʻike ʻole ʻia ma laila a i kçia.
The group representing Hawaiʻi is excited and has been preparing for the event to be held March 13-14.
Nui ka pîhoihoi o nâ Hawaiʻi e hele ana a e hoʻomâkaukau pono ana nô no kçia hana e mâlama ʻia ana ma nâ lâ 13 a 14 o Malaki.
"We just started a hula kahiko from Kumu Mahea, which was actually passed down from Kumu Keola Lake," said Kaleilehua Maioho, Hula Coordinator of Pasifika Cohort. "I used to watch the older women do it and it was very strenuous."
ʻAkahi a hoʻomaka i hula na Kumu Mahea, i hoʻoili pono ʻia mai nô maiâ Kumu Keola Lake. He hula ikaika ia.
With nearly 10 dancers representing five different hâlau, the group has spent the past three months learning their various hula and getting to know each other.
Me nâ mea hula he 10 no nâ hâlau hula he ʻelima, paʻu ana nâ mea hula ma ka hoʻopaʻa i nâ hula hou a me ka hoʻopaʻa pilina nô hoʻi ma waena o lâkou.
"I actually liked that everybody had their own individual style. Coming together, you can see how each wahine and kane represented their kumu hula well," said Maioho.
Maikaʻi kçia launa o nâ ʻano kaila ʻokoʻa o ka poʻe. Nani ke ʻano e kû ʻelele maikaʻi ai kçlâ me kçia no nâ kumu o lâkou.
Also on this journey will be an all-star group of musicians including Paula Fuga and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole and well-known local bands like ʻAi Pohâku, Pure Heart, and Natural Vibrations.
ʻO kekahi o ka poʻe e hele aku ana, ʻo ia nâ mea hoʻokani pila a hîmeni mâkaukau nô e laʻa me Paula Fuga lâua me Kaumakaiwa Kanakaʻole me nâ lâlâ o nâ kalapu himeni no Hawaiʻi e makemkae nui ʻia e laʻa me ko ʻAi Pôhaku, Pure Heart me Natural Vibrations.
"I've known these guys for years and we only see each other sometimes if the gigs connect or if we're playing the same shows, but now we're playing together and it's nice," said Wayne Enos of Natural Vibrations.
ʻOiai kamaʻâina iâ lâkou no kekahi wâ lôʻihi a launa ke hiki ma nâ ʻaha mele, nani kçia hiki ke hoʻokani like.
To help cover costs, artists will also be holding cultural workshops during their two-week stay in Aotearoa.
I mea ʻimi kâlâ no ka hoʻokaʻa ʻia o nâ lilo, e mâlama ana lâkou i kekahi mau papa hoʻonui ʻike no ka ʻike kuʻuna iâ mâkou ma Aotearoa no ia mau pule 2 o ka huakaʻi.
"So it's going to be a very rigorous schedule, but I think a big part of that is to maximize the opportunities to share and learn with our cousins in the Pacific," said Keola.
E paʻahana maoli ana nô akâ, he ala ia e hoʻohana maikaʻi ai i ia wâ launa me ka ʻohana o ka Pâkîpika.
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No ka hahai aku i ko kakou mau hoa ma ka huaka'i, e e'e aku i ka Puke Alo o Mana Maoli. A hui hou, aloha.
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