Students of Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy performing in ‘Huaka’i, A Polynesian Adventure’ at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, pose for a photo. (COURTESY PHOTO FOR NHN)
Alohi Productions of Waimea has opened its summer company production of “Huaka‘i, A Polynesian Adventure” at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for a very special limited run. Presented Thursday and Saturday evenings in the hotel’s Kamani Room at 7 p.m., “Huaka‘i” is an adventure expressed in music, drums and dance, created by Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs and the students of Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.
With elaborate costumes and professional staging, the show shares vivid stories from the Polynesian Triangle—Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand. Dancers perform multiple roles as “Huaka‘i” unfolds, from the transpacific canoe voyage of Pele and her dramatic impact on the islands, to legends of bird-filled skies and oceans alive with whimsical fish, along with haunting love stories, songs of home, and a stunning finale.
In addition to the show, Alohi Productions offers a series of Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori cultural classes, crafts, games and entertainment during the day, Tuesday through Saturday. Programs include hula and lei-making, Tahitian dance, ukulele lessons, poi ball practice and more. To sign up, call the hotel at 880-1111.
Tickets for “Huaka‘i” are $40 for adults; keiki under 12 free. Doors open at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m. Bento dinner boxes and beverages are available for sale, as well as craft items, Polynesian jewelry and hula implements.