The theme of the Moʻolelo Storytelling Festival – ‘Au I Ke Kai or Crossing the Distant Sea – explores through stories the connections that have existed between peoples living throughout the Pacific region, since long before recorded history. These stories are told in myriad ways: through oli (chant), mele (song), hula (dance) and the legends and oral history passed down for generations.
The Story Before History (November 14 at 7pm) – Storyteller Jack Dalton shares Alaska Native cultures and explores their connections to cousins across the sea – from before the time of Columbus! With special appearances by Raven’s RadioHour and guests from Hawai’i and the mainland. Also appearing on stage on Friday night are Kalani Akana and Hailiʻōpua Baker with Hanakeaka.
Across the Sea (November 15 at 7pm) – Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and composer Mark Izu weave ancient and contemporary stories of the lands and seas that connect peoples across the Pacific. With special appearances by Kenny Endo, Raven’s Radio Hour and guests from Hawai’i and Alaska. Also appearing on stage on Saturday night are Kalani Akana and Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang and his hālau, Hālau Hula ka Noʻeau!
Hawaiʻi, Our Home (November 16 at 4pm) – Storyteller Moses Goods and friends bring to life traditional stories of the creatures great and small that call Hawaiʻi home. With special appearances by Raven’s Radio Hour and guests from Hawai’i, Alaska and San Francisco. Also on stage on Sunday afternoon is Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima (Nā kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Takamine), Kaipo Hale, Mauliola Cook, and Maile Loo Beamer!
General admission tickets are $15 ($12 for HMA Members) for each show or purchase a Three Show package for $35 ($28 for HMA Members). A limited number of VIP (front-row) seats are available at $20 for each performance.
To purchase tickets, vist www.honolulumuseum.org.