California Aloha


9781623170554 9.16.57 PMMONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017

Who: Constance Hale, Patrick Landeza, Patrick Makuakāne, Māhealani Uchiyama

What: A festive event celebrating Hawaiian culture in the Bay Area

When: Monday, Dec 11, 2017 ~  7 to 9 p.m., doors open 6:30 pm

Where: Daniel Webster School (auditorium), 465 Missouri St, San Francisco

How much: Free

In an evening of dance, chant, music, and conversation, four figures in the local Hawaiian community celebrate their new made-in-California books and to reflect upon the special role the Bay Area plays in their creative work. They are:

  • Constance Hale, Hawaii-born journalist and author of The Natives Are Restless: A San Francisco Dance Master Takes Hula into the Twenty-first Century
  • Patrick Landeza, Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning slack-key artist, teacher, impresario, and author of From the Island of Berkeley: Memoirs Of A California-Born Hawaiian
  • Patrick Makuakāne, Hawaii-born kumu hula, performance pioneer, and director of the 350-person hālau Nā Lei Hulu i ka Wēkiu
  • Māhealani Uchiyama, Washington, D.C.-born kumu hula, former president of the board of directors of World Arts West, author of The Haumāna Handbook

Julie Mushet, executive director of World Arts West, will ask what drives these artists to be such dynamic proponents of Hawaiian culture—in the Bay Area. Why have they all chosen to live and work here? What communities do they serve? How is it that three nationally published books on Hawaiian culture have just come out of this creative environment?

Books will be on sale. Pupus will be served. Bring your dancing shoes—or, in this case, your hula skirts and your aloha shirts.

The event is open to the public. SF MUNI 19 and 22 buses stop near the school.

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