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Mele Kanikau - A Pageant by John Kneubuhl


Thu 2 May 2013, 8:00pm–9:45pm
Fri 3 May 2013, 8:00pm–9:45pm
Sat 4 May 2013, 8:00pm–9:45pm
Sun 5 May 2013, 6:00pm–7:45pm

Where: University of Auckland Fale Pasifika, 20 Wynyard St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Student: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Claire Noble

'Listen…and remember. For it is only in our remembering that we can make our mele, like houses of words into which our dead can move and live again and speak to us…'

Mele Kanikau (anthem of lamentation) - A Pageant is a Hawaiian story written in 1975. Set in Waikiki, A Hula Pageant is rehearsed for the tourists on the island. But behind the scenes a triangle of lovers and a story of deep-seeded betrayal is revealed between Carl Alama (Rob Williams), a successful Hawaiian travel agent, Noa Napo’oanaakala (Leroy Lakamu) a Kumu Hula from a native settlement, and Noa’s haole wife Frances (Ana Corbett) who was once betrothed to Carl.

Hawaiian dance and music weaves through out the story. A live band led by Musical Director Misipele Tofilau play traditional Polynesian instruments and accompany mesmerizing Hula dancers as they dance Hawaiian hula - both modern and ancient.

Writer John Kneubuhl was arguably the first playwright of Pasifika descent to have his works produced professionally in Aotearoa New Zealand. As the son of a Samoan mother and an American father, Kneubuhl's multicultural heritage influenced a distinctive artistic vision that is enchanting.

Welcome to our mele.
Malo ‘aupito.
Fa’afetai lava.

Director: Michelle Johansson
Choreographer: Aruna Po-Ching
Musical Director: Misipele Tofilau
Lead Cast: Leroy Lakamu, Rob Williams, Ana Corbett, Lauie Sila, Olive Asi, Ole Maiava.

Includes low level violence, sexual references and offensive language

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