is a tribute to the art form presented Sunday at Sunset on the Beach (6-9p). I'm not sure if this is the first Sunset on the Beach film screening that will include Japanese language (subtitles) but come on down to beautiful Kuhio Beach and enjoy. This night is sponsored by Japan Airlines and it is a wonderful evening of dance, films, and video.
After stage presentations, excerpts from Hula Guide (Produced by Jeff Mueller, Co-Produced by Blaine Kia; Executive Producers Jeff Au and Edgy Lee) have been selected from volumes I & II & III, hosted by Kumu Hula Blaine Kamalani Kia and Noelani Chang, with music archivist and Kumu Ainsley Halemanu. This is the definitive series on Hula featuring kumu from all islands and different halau (schools) with one focus in common: the love of hula and a commitment to perpetuating the culture and protocol, and the deeper spiritual meaning of the art form.
Shot in some of Hawaii's most breathtaking locations on all islands, in a rare combination of documentary style film with instructional segments, scenes are real. Authenticity in this series to be released this holiday season (pre-orders) pay tribute to all of Hawaii's kumu hula whose expertise should be considered one of our greatest cultural treasures. Their knowledge is more than dance and it is a shame that these artists are not more accessible in Waikiki with the exception of venues like Mana Hawaii and in a few shows in our hotels. Visitors and local folks would appreciate their influence. What the kumu have to share is what the visitor is seeking.
So come down to enjoy Hula Guide followed by excerpts from Waikiki in the Wake of Dreams, courtesy of FilmWorks Pacific, the first film that initiated Sunset on the Beach at its premiere in 2001. Recipient of the New York International Film & Video Best Cinematography and Best Editing Awards among other awards, 30 mins of clips from this film screens in Japanese.
Lastly, as part of a tribute to Uncle George Na'ope, co founder of the Merrie Monarch hula competition, mahalo to KITV and General Manager, Mike Rosenberg, for allowing JAL to screen this rare piece of television, "30 Years of Merrie Monarch". A 30 minute compilation of scenes from the very first days of this world renowned hula competition, the "Olympics of hula", which takes place every year in Hilo.