Kamehameha Students Present Hawaiian Opera in Scotland
Students from the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi campus in Kea‘au made history earlier this month, performing their Hawaiian opera, Hāʻupu, for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
It was the first Hawaiian language production and first production to feature hula and oli in nearly seven decades of Fringe history, marking a major milestone for the expansion of knowledge of the Hawaiian culture.
Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi was selected to participate in the festival over 15 months ago, and over that time, countless hours have been spent preparing for this moment.
The production featured in Scotland is adapted from the school’s Hōʻike, which was performed in March 2016.
Hāʻupu tells the legend of Kana and Nīheu and their daring rescue of their mother, Hina, from a Molokaʻi chief, who kidnapped her in attempt to barter a peace and preserve the way of life for his people. It has been compared to the myth of Helen of Troy.
Nineteen students from KS Hawaiʻi participated in the American High School Theater Festival. They have toured the United Kingdom, taking part in a workshop at the Shakespeare’s Globe theater, attending other productions and interacting with peers from across the US.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest performing arts festival with nearly 4,300 shows performed over the course of roughly a month.
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For more information on the production, the trip to Scotland or the performing arts group, visit www.ksbe.edu/kshhoike.