The Hula Sisters of Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani put up an enthralling Hōʻike 2017 edition at 10 Square @ Orchard Central. The show spoke of the Hawaiian culture as an expression of love, and hula being one of many ways to display it.
What was even more amazing was fact that the performers were all working adults – who juggle their passion for the culture on top of their careers and family time. Beyond spending time for rehearsals, they celebrate Hawaiian culture by delving deep into the tradition and creating food and accessories. Some of the show’s costumes were even handmade by the troupe themselves!
I had the chance to speak with Alaka’i Namiko, Principal of Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani, who was strongly passionate about Hawaiian culture.
She spoke of a time where the Hawaiian language was outlawed and there were fears the way of life would eventually die out. Fortunately, the culture was preserved thanks to gallant few who passed down the culture in secret. Alaka’i Namiko is one in a long line of inheritors, and she too wishes to continue passing the tradition down.
Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi’ilani is the first Hawaiian hula school in Singapore, and hold regular performances such as Hōʻike 2017. If you are interested in booking a performance, or attending a course (for individuals or for team bonding), check out their website here.
All photos credit of Ng Choon Jeow.