Songs and Dances of Hawaii

A celebration of Hawaiian song and dance with Kumu Hula Pekelo Day and Halau Hula O Na Pua O Hawai'l Nei and the Lei Kukui Serenaders will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland.

Native Hawaiian Pekelo Day, who has taught hula for nearly 40 years on Maui and the Big Island, moved to Southern Oregon in 2007 to expand the cultural awareness and knowledge of hula to interested women and men.

Born and raised on Maui, Day learned his hula and chant traditions from his ancestors and studied under the revered Kumu Hula Haunani Kauahi Judd and Sam Naeole on Oahu, as well as Edith Kanaka'ole and George Naope on the Big Island.

Day holds classes in three locations in Southern Oregon — Eugene, Roseburg and most recently Ashland/Rogue Valley, with a total of more 70 dancers. Some of the dancers are from Hawaii, some have lived there many years, while others have recently been introduced to the hula. "What they all have in common is a passion for sharing their love of this style of dance that embodies the Hawaiian culture, its language, and its music," Day says.

The dancers will present kahiko — or sacred ancient ­— and auana — or modern — styles of dancing in traditional costumes, using the Hawaiian languages for the chants and calls. They also will use stones, bamboo sticks and feathered rattles for percussion.

Food concessions on site will be by Tabu Restaurant & Bar of Ashland.

Tickets cost $15 and are available at Music Coop, 171 A St., Ashland.

Call 482-3115 for more information.

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