Maui Arts & Entertainment

Hawaiian Immersion Students Treated to Aboriginal Dance

March 17, 2010, 8:11 AM HST
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Maui schoolchildren from the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program and Kamehameha Schools Maui enrichment program will enjoy a special performance today from an indigenous people of the Pacific.

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Descendance, an Australian Aboriginal dance troupe, entertains and educates the students with music and dance, engaging the kids in the cultural traditions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The spring-break performances at Maui Community College this morning, and at the Maui Tropical Plantation this afternoon are sponsored The Australian Consulate-General.

The world-renowned Descendance performers entertain at venues worldwide. They took part in the Honolulu Festival this past weekend. Hawaiian Airlines sponsors the group’s travel to and within Hawaii in the interest of promoting cultural exchange and education.

Descendance’s performances for children include exhibitions of traditional music and dance, and the use of instruments such as the didgeridoo. The performers also explain the meaning and origins of their art.

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