Ho‘ohali‘a: Stories from Our Kūpuna — A Film Presentation by Hula Preservation Society

Tuesday – August 9, 2022
6:00pm – Mission Memorial Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Maile Loo hosts a look at life, hula, and music in 20th century Hawai‘i  through the eyes of kānaka maoli born in the decades following the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The presentaion weaves primary-source video from the HPS Oral History Library and Archive into an evening of storytelling, history, insights, music, community, family practices, laughter, and hula. Featured elders include Nona Beamer, Queenie Dowsett, George Naope, George Holokai, Emma Kauhi, Alice Namakelua, and Iolani Luahine. Inspired by late Hula Master Auntie Nona Beamer (1923-2008), Maile Loo, Auntie Nona’s hānai daughter, carries on the work of the non-profi t, striving to provide access to archival resources online through http://www.hulapreservation.org and honor the lives and legacies of their kūpuna.

Hula Preservation Society (HPS) was founded in 2000 under the inspiration and vision of the late Hula Master, composer, educator, community leader, entertainer, and mother, Auntie Nona Beamer (1923-2008). Her hānai daughter, Maile Loo, carries on the work of the non-profi t and hosts the evening program. HPS is based in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu, and works to provide access to archival resources online through www.hulapreservation.org and honor the lives and legacies of our kūpuna.