Wailana along with Samadhi Hawaii's Andrea Torres and Jamie Nakama will be teaching a two-week Aerial Dance intensive to the dance students of the University in Fiji. They have been graciously invited by their long time friend and colleague, Peter Rockford Espiritu of Hawaii who is now the Artistic DIrector of Oceanic Dance Theatre/Oceanic Center for the Arts, Culture, & Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Wailana returns to O'ahu after many years on the Big Island and he is excited to join Honolulu's dance community by offering classes in Modern and Aerial Dance. Wailana will be teaching at Boca Studio for Samadhi Hawaii beginning January 18 til March 15, every Friday. Check out CLASSES above for more details….Modern Dance classes will soon be announced.
Also, Wai Company will be holding auditions in Spring 13 for dancers, musicians, and actors for a special performance in Winter 13, so stay tuned!
This is image was taken after the performance for V-CON in Bogor, Indonesia with Samadhi in September 2012. It was during my solo travels on the island of Bali where I met new friends and we did an impromptu shoot (more images later). I had the chance to also teach a dance class while I was there.
Samadhi Hawaii has invited me to tag along with them to Indonesia! We have been asked to perform 3 aerial dances as part of this huge convention named V-INDONESIA in Bogor, near Jakarta. V-INDONESIA is one of the largest conventions out of Asia and the Middle-East. It is an annual event that travels to different host cities and where businesses can connect, learn from each other, and promote each other's work. It is a large-scale networking system for both established and up-and-coming businesses out of Asia and the Middle-East.
We plan on entertaining these people with a group aerial tissue number, a lyra duet with Andrea and I, and myself in a solo strap number- that has not been choreographed or costumed yet…oops!
We are with V-Indonesia from Sept 1-10, 2012. Afterwards I will be free to explore Bali and Ubud for two weeks. Then I spend a week in the Philippines with my family there. I have not been to the Philippines in 13 years. I was there last as a dancer for Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians when Pearl brought me there from San Francisco for the McKnight Fellowship she was awarded. We worked with national Filipino composer Joey Ayala – a truly remarkable experience.
Here's to more fantastic experiences to come! Mahalo at maraming salamat po!
KPAF3: Huliau, the turning point went extremely well. Having KUNST-STOFF from San Francisco to teach modern dance in this year's Festival was a real treat. Also, I was able to work with new teachers like Kenny Elliot (acting), Wainani (hula), and Joule (voice). These teachers and artists along with Yannis from KUNST-STOFF were newbies to KPAF and they all did extremely well. KPAF is always a huge collaboration on all fronts that encourages growth, creativity, and strength. And of course there were my own pillars of strength and kokua, Dede of SAMADHI (aerial) and my boys of Blue Star Octave: Raj, Joe, Sam, and David who came out again for their 3rd year – fantastic job everyone! It was very special to have you all come and work it out with me – mahalo nui loa to each and everyone of you! The participants themselves were amazing in that they worked so very hard each and every day, became even more vulnerable in their search for their truth, and shared tirelessly of themselves and to the audience in the Finale. Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo for all the trust and love…
This year's festival brought in more people from the islands and even more from the mainland, Japan, and Europe! We had 14 core people and lots and lots of drop-ins from the neighborhood. What an honor and pleasure to have done this 3 years in a row….I am looking at our 4th…please stay tuned. Mahalo i ke akua~
This particular image was shot at Halona Cove, but when I used to frequent this cove in High School, we called it Cockroach Cove. It is right before Sandy's Beach in O'ahu. Also, it is where the black and white classic film, "From here to Eternity" was shot. You know the famous kissing-on-the-beach sequence with the lovers entwined and water washes beautifully around them, well, that's the beach. The other place we shot was at Kualoa Ranch, north-east side of O'ahu – another gorgeous location. Working on the video was quite an experience; long days, Hollywood vibe, lotsa cool and beautiful people. I choreographed everything except the incredible HAKA BOYS. They had their own moves down – in fact, they stole the show. I am blessed and honored. I love Nicki Minaj and I was very thrilled to have been part of her booty – movement! Keep doing what you do Nicki because we all love you for it!
Tresa Honaker and Joseph Simms of AirAligned from Grass Valley, CA are joining Wai Co. to host the Hawaii Aerial Arts Retreat this April 5 -11 at Kalani, Puna, Hawai'i. It will be 5 days of instruction in high flying aerial silk, trapeze and hoop, aerial & modern dance, and performance.
All levels welcome, 16-adult.
$1,350 includes shuttle to and from airport, 6 nights lodging and 3 amazing meals a day
$600 for Kama`āina
For more details and information look up: airaligned.com and kalani.com
To register, email Omkar at omkar©kalani•com
Check out our poster:
Hawaii 2012 V5
See you there! Mahalo nui loa!
Every Tuesdays starting JAN 17 – MAR 20
UHH Old Gym 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm
$110 for 10 weeks
Live Music by David Sause
To register please click on this link: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/registration/
Wai Company will premiere a brand new Aerial Strap performance entitled, Papa a Wakea. Featuring original and live music by mea oli (chanter) Ka'enaaloha Hopkins and musician David Sierra.
The piece will explore the creation myth of Mother Earth and Father Sky, Papa a Wakea.
CUPOLA THEATER, Honolulu Design Center, 1260 Kapiolani Blvd
Friday September 16th, 8PM
Saturday September 17th, 8PM
$35 pre-sale, $40 at the door
Mahalo and see you there!
Aloha mai kakou! E ALA E!
KPAF 2 was a true success. We had 15 people registered with 10 facilitators total! And to boot…just 10 days out before the start of the festival, I received a letter from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) awarding KPAF 2 a grant for $9,333.00!!!!
Needless to say, we all were very and still EXCITED about the support and recognition from the State of Hawaii for our efforts.
Mahalo to all the participants, faculty, and community members of Puna for their incredible support. And a great big MAHALO to Kalani Honua for hosting this very special event in their beautiful EMAX.
Stay tuned for KPAF 3!
Aloha mai kākou a pau!
This year, we are happy to announce that Kaʽenaaloha Aoe Hopkins of Hālau I Ka Wekiu is to be our Hula teacher. Kaʽena, born into a lineage of Hula masters, has been dancing hula since she could remember and is now expected to ‘uniki (graduate) from her family's hālau (school) within the next 2 years. We know great things will only come from this young kanaka maoli woman whose life revolves around the world of Hula.
Also this year, we have Jackie Pualani Johnson, Director of Performing Arts at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, as our Acting Teacher. We are very please and honored to have such a distinguished person as part of our KPAF2 faculty. Just know that we are going to create something very exciting with her and not to mention all the many things we will learn and be inspired from this tour de force of a woman! Mahalo 'Anake!
Blue Star Octave will be composing and co-creating original music with KPAF 2 participants. Blue Star Octave is a local Puna band that met through Wai Co.'s company classes and rehearsals. They have become fast friends and now bandmates who are excited to take on this endeavor. Sherri Thal, an accomplished singer, voice teacher, and composer will also be with us to help tune in our voices. Sherri has been teaching in our community for many years and is also involved in the Kaua'i Music Festival also happening this July.
Ana Prada will be joining Andrea Torres (Samadhi Hawaii) as they co-teach in the aerial portion of the program. Ana hails from Montreal and is a seasoned aerialist for her own solo works and for aerial dance companies including Cirque Du Soleil. We are very happy to have her!
Please go to kalani.com for KPAF 2 teacher bios and pics, schedule of classes, performance dates, tuition fees, and dates.
To register call Kalani at 808 965 7828
or email Wailana at wailana©kalani•com.