Maui Arts & Entertainment

Demystifying the Kuahu, Sept. 8

August 6, 2016, 3:03 AM HST
* Updated August 6, 3:17 AM
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Image credit: Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Image credit: Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents Demystifying the Kuahu on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater.

According to Unwritten Literature of Hawaiʻi by Nathaniel B. Emerson, “In every hālau stood the kuahu, or altar, as the visible temporary abode of the deity, whose presence was at once the inspiration of the performance and the luck-bringer of the enterprise–a rustic frame embowered in greenery.”

The special presentation kicks off the 2016 Kū Mai Ka Hula competition weekend.  Maui kumu hula join in an intimate conversation about what the kuahu means to them personally and to their hālau hula. How is it celebrated or honored today? How do they maintain its significance today?

Participating kumu include Kumu Hula Napua Greig, Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona, Kumu Hula Pueo Pata and others. Facilitated by Kahulu Maluo, MACC’s cultural programs director.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 plus applicable fees and area available through the MACC box office by calling (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visiting

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