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Rare hula drama plus Native Hawaiian art exhibit at Kahilu Theatre

On Thursday, April 25, from 4-5 p.m., Kumu Micah Kamohoali’i and Halau Na Kipu’upu’u members will lead a tour of their “Returning To the Native Lands” exhibit featuring authentic works in kapa, feather, wood, lashing, cordage, weaponry and more displayed at the Kahilu theater. From 5 to 7 p.m. will be a Q&A session.

Then, from 7-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, the halau will present a hula drama that takes the audience on a journey through time to experience the history of ancient Waimea, its sacred lands, chiefs, and people. “Ka Hulilauali’i O Waimea” means “the royal calabash of Waimea” and refers to the immense population of royalty residing in the area. The journey goes from the mountain of Wakea to the platforms of Ho’opiliahae, from the birth of chiefs in the hills of Waimea to the conquering of the islands, from the mystical forests of Mahiki to the heated plains of Pu’ukawaiwai. Tickets are $20 for adult, $15 for children available at Gregore’s Salon, Crackseed Etc., and Parker Ranch Store, or email nakipuupuu@gamil.com. Tickets are $25 at the door.