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What is ANNO?

The ʻAhahui Noiʻi Noʻeau ʻŌiwi – Research Institute of Indigenous Performance (ANNO) is a new initiative stimulating scholarship in Hawai‘i and the global Indigenous community that highlights the artistic practices of aboriginal peoples. ANNO was established through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Provost’s Strategic Investment Initiative, a campus-wide competition designed to increase cross-unit and cross-disciplinary collaboration, in Fall of 2022. 

“Ka lamakū o ke aloha ʻāina: A leading light of aloha ʻāina for Hawaiʻi and the world.”

Nā Maʻawe

The work of ANNO embodies three strands or maʻawe to achieve its goals: Maʻawe Mua (Scholarship and Publication), Ma‘awe ‘Elua (Curriculum and Archive), and Ma‘awe ‘Ekolu (Outreach and Recruitment). The three ma‘awe work in concert to position ANNO as the leading research institute of Hawaiian and Indigenous Performance, thus elevating our university on a global scale.

Scholarship & Publication

Scholarship & Publication

Key features of Ma’awe Mua include: guest scholars from across Hawaiʻi and Oceania, an anthology, and the ANNO Conference on Indigenous Performance.

Archive & Curriculum

Archive & Curriculum

Key features of Ma’awe ʻElua include: professional development workshops, hana keaka curriculum, and an archive of ANNO events and materials.

Outreach & Recruitment

Outreach & Recruitment

Key features of Ma’awe ʻEkolu include: graduate assistantships, recruitment across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, and a Hana Noʻeau Workshop Series.

Upcoming Events

Hana Noʻeau Series: Hawaiian Wood Carving with Miki Cook

This event will feature a lecture on creating props and best practices for Indigenous theater, and then will transition into a wood working workshop. Register here!

December 1, 2023 from 1:00 – 4:00pm

Upper Lānai, Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Glitter in the Paʻakai

Written and Directed by Joshua “Baba” Kamoaniʻala Tavares | MFA Thesis Production
February 7-11, 2024 – WED-SAT 7:30pm & SUN 2:00pm
Post Show Q&A following the Friday performance

For tickets and more information, visit the Glitter in the Paʻakai page on the UH Mānoa Theatre and Dance Website.

Inaugural Conference

Noiʻi Nowelo: An Inaugural Conference on Hawaiian and Indigenous Performance is scheduled for March 14-15, 2024. This will be an opportunity for artists and/or scholars doing work with Indigenous performance to share research, hold discussions, and perform. Check back for updates and registration!

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ANNO in the News

Māori musicians mentor Mānoa students in contemporary song compositions

”Ten students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiian Theatre program are tapping deeply into their naʻau (gut) to acquire the art of composing mele (songs) rooted in Indigenous traditions. Throughout November, the award-winning program in the theatre and dance department is hosting guest artists from Aotearoa (New Zealand) who are mentoring haumāna (students) at UH Mānoa to write original songs…

Read the article here.

Hawaiian theatre hits road in hope of inspiring next generation

In celebration of Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Month), haumāna (students) and kumu (faculty) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiian Theatre program and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge are trekking to a number of communities to encourage the use of Hawaiʻi’s mother tongue. Ola Ka ʻĪ is a series of free Hawaiian language fairs spearheaded by the organization Kanaeokana which features…

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2022 Strategic Investment Initiative Winners

The Provost’s Strategic Investment Initiative is a campus-wide competition designed to increase cross-unit and cross-disciplinary collaboration in strategic areas that, with start-up funding, have a strong possibility for success in building on UH Mānoa’s strengths while also addressing challenges. The inaugural competition, launched in 2017, provided start-up funding for a diverse set of initiatives, including the Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation…

Read the article here.

Contact Us!

For ANNO, email

For Hana Keaka, email

Kennedy Theatre
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

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