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Peter Rockford Espiritu Peter Rockford Espiritu

PEARL CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - This Friday, go on a journey from Siberia to Mongolia, up to Alaska and down the Pacific to Mauna Kea. All this without ever going past Pearl City. Amy Kalili has more.

Aloha mai e ka ʻohana. ʻO Pele nô paha ke akuawahine Hawaiʻi i kamaʻâina i ka nui o kâkou. Eia nô naʻe, i kçia Poʻalima nô e lohe ʻia ka moʻolelo o kekahi akuawahine, ʻo Poliʻahu nô hoʻi.

We all hear the stories of fire goddess Pele, but this Friday, we will hear the story of Poliʻahu, the Hawaiian snow goddess.

There's a lot written about Pele, there's not a lot written about Poliʻahu. She's kind of ethereal that way.

Nui nâ moʻokalaleo no Pele, ʻaʻole naʻe pçlâ no Poliʻahu.

Na Peter Rockford Espiritu kçia e hoʻoponopono ma kâna hana keaka hulahula ʻo Poliʻahu, e hôʻike mua loa ʻia ana ma ka lâ ʻewalu o ʻOkakopa ma ka hale hana keaka o ke Kulanui Kaiâulu o Leeward. He moʻolelo ia no ka holo ʻana ʻo Poliʻahu mâ i Hawaiʻi.

Peter Espiritu is remedying that with his dance opera Poliʻahu, Friday, Oct. 8 at Leeward CC Theatre. The story is of Poliʻahu's journey to Hawaiʻi.

I actually went to Alaska and got the help of the Yupik Eskimos who helped. I wrote the mele chronicling the family going from Siberia to Mongolia going across to Alaska looking toward the piko, toward Mauna Kea.

Peter Rockford Espiritu

Founder & Director, Tau Dance Theater

Na ka Yupik o ʻÂlaka i kôkua mai ma ka haʻi ʻana i kçia moʻolelo huakaʻi loa mai

Siberia a Monokolia, ʻÂlaka, a kilohi mai iâ Mauna Kea.

ʻO Espiritu ka Hawaiʻi mua loa i hoʻokumu i hâlau o kçia ʻano hulahula o kçia au, a hoʻohana ʻo ia i nâ ʻano hulahula like ʻole ma kçia hanana, ʻo ka bâlç ʻoe, ʻo ka hulahula Yupik ʻoe, a ʻo pçia ko kakou hula ʻoiai he mea nui iâ Espiritu ka hoʻomanaʻo i ka mole o ka haʻi moʻolelo Hawaiʻi.

Espiritu, the first Hawaiian to found a modern dance company, uses dance to 

tell this story while remembering the roots of Hawaiian storytelling.

I struggle to fight the good fight and to allow our culture to be alive, living, vibrant, full, and to be viable in this world today. Creating Hawaiian works for today that are viable and can hold up to opera, and ballet, and the symphony, and we honor the oral traditions of our kûpuna by taking it into the modern realm.

ʻIʻini au e ola kçia moʻomeheu o kâkou. Makemake au i ka haku i kekahi mea

Hawaiʻi o ke au nei i mea e hanohano ai nâ kûpuna a i holomua kâkou.

E naue aku nô i ke Kulanui Kaiâulu o Leeward i kçia hopenapule, a no ka ʻikepili hou aku, e kele aku iâ lcctheatre.hawaii.edu. Aloha.

For more info before you head to LCC this Friday, go to lcctheatre.hawaii.edu.

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