Ho`okupu: The Offering
A Hula Production by Hālau o Keikiali`i
The Hawaiian Cultural Group H’lau ‘O Keikiali’i is a world-renowned performing troupe that strives to help perpetuate the rich culture of the Hawaiian people. Kuma Kawika Alfiche, the group’s leader, has been teaching hula to youth and adults of all ages for more than 15 years. He has been a long-time advocate of the Hawaiian culture, and has been able to bring to the mainland, the essence of past and present communities of the Hawaiian people, the traditional customs, values, and protocols. The group is comprised of men and women, young and old, ranging from five to seventy-five years of age. They share what they learn with different communities so that others can benefit from a better understanding and appreciation of the old ways of Hawai’i, exposing the spirit of aloha to them through stage productions held for the general public throughout the year, as well as educational workshops, performances, and other cultural events. Through the stories they tell in mele (songs), with their morals and values, people can truly be enriched in their personal lives.
Watching an H’lau ‘O Keikiali’i performance is “inspiring, invigorating, exasperating and humbling” for viewers. Their productions reveal that there is more to hula and Hawaiian culture than what meets the eye. They show that Hula “is an art form that remains closely tied to the customs of a people, their beliefs and their natural environment.” The company will present a main-stage performance entitled Ho’okupu – The Offering, highlighting the deep and old connections between New England and Hawaii, including a historic visit to Wellesley College by a Hawaiian Queen in the 1800’s. The Offering will be H’lau ‘O Keikiali’i’s final performance, and marks the end of their residency at Wellesley College.
Place: Jewitt Art Center Auditorium