Thursday: Hawaiian Dance Celebration at UMass Amherst

Photo courtesy of UMass Amherst

Mortal Heroes

Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No’eau dance studio returns to the Northeast to showcase traditional Hula. The company commemorates its 30th year producing traditional Hawaiian dance, chants, and art. Audiences can expect to be captivated by “exquisitely artistic” and “culturally authentic” Hawaiian dance. The company’s founder Michael Pili Pang, a cultural historian and teacher at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, will present his new work: the stories and myths of the hero gods who created the Hawaiian islands. Pang’s work speaks to Hawaiian history and tradition, bringing Hawaiian culture to the Pioneer Valley.

When Gods Mingled with Mortals — Sacred Dances and Legends of Hawai’i: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. $10-$35. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst. (413) 577-2486, fineartscenter.com.

— Chance Viles

Author: Chance Viles

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