Centre for Hula and Associated Arts proposed in Wailuku Arts District on Maui

Stella McDaniel

Mayor and Kumu Hula pictured on Winery Avenue in entrance of Maui artist Amanda Joy Bower’s mural titled Ha’aha’a – the potential site of the proposed Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art. Pictured from remaining to appropriate: Kumu Hula Kamaka Kūkona Kumu Hula Kahulu Maluo-Pearson Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt Mayor Michael Victorino Kumu Hula Cody Pueo Pata Kumu Hula Francine “Mopsy” Aarona Kumu Hula Moanikeʻala Whittle-Wagner and Kumu Hula Haunani Paredes. Computer: County of Maui / Shane Tegarden

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that a group of Maui Kumu Hula and the County of Maui are in early planning stages to create a cultural center called “Hālau of ʻŌiwi Artwork,” to be located in Wailuku, Maui.

Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art will be dedicated to the examine, exercise, celebration and perpetuation of hula and a variety of ‘ōiwi arts related to hula. The middle will be in assistance of the Huamakahikina Declaration, ratified by an global coalition of Kumu Hula and adopted by resolution by the Maui County Council this drop. 

It will be the 1st of its sort and the premier expense by any county or the condition to establish a long lasting area for hula and affiliated ʻōiwi arts.

The center’s proposed spot will be adjacent to the new four-level parking composition in Wailuku Town, presently underneath building, at the corner of Church and Vineyard Streets.

“Our intention for the Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art is to develop a center of international importance that will progress the cultural, social, and historical impact of Indigenous Hawaiian ‘Ōiwi artwork,” explained Kumu Hula Hōkūlani Holt, a single of those spearheading this energy. “Through these initiatives, our islands’ hālau hula hope to empower all people today in Hawai‘i and the earth, to keep these traditions alive for foreseeable future generations.”

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Mayor Victorino will be proposing a setting up, style and design and construction spending budget to the County Council in the fiscal 12 months 2023 finances. 

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“We are honored to be a aspect of this historic step towards perpetuating hula in Maui County,” stated Mayor Victorino. “Establishing this cultural middle can help to make sure that hula, and its associated arts, will thrive for numerous generations to appear. Hula is so a lot much more than new music and dance, it sits at the pretty coronary heart of Hawaiian history and society. And, we honor our kumu hula for their determination to their artwork and the tradition of our islands.”

Hālau of ʻŌiwi Artwork, will assistance to progress the culture of the Hawaiian people today by way of training, classes, workshops, exhibits, pursuits and functions centered close to hula. It is a collaboration concerning diverse groups of Maui hālau hula, representing the breadth of Maui’s Hula Lineages, with the aid of the County of Maui. Preliminary conversations are underway to take a look at the scope of facility utilizes and wants, potential funding resources, and thinking about the part of the center in the emerging Wailuku Arts District, Maui County and over and above. 

Understand much more by observing E Kupa’a Kākou this Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. https://ekupaakakou.com/

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