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Mar 31, 2017

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation / LT partnership culminates in free hōʻike at Hawaii Theatre

HONOLULU, March 29, 2017 – The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and the Liliʻuokalani Trust in February launched an innovative dance program, Ka ʻOpua Haʻa I Ka Malie, designed to offer Hawaiian youth a 10-day immersion into a diverse mix of dance techniques. Program participants will showcase what they have learned on their last day of dance camp at the Hawaii Theatre on Friday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to the community; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This special dance presentation by trust kamaliʻi (beneficiaries) from across the islands will consist of 50 middle schoolers (ages 11-14 years) sharing what they have learned in ballet/modern, West African dance, jazz/hip hop, and a percussion class; and honoring their Hawaiian cultural traditions with an oli and hula for Queen Liliʻuokalani. No prior dance experience was necessary.

The two-week intensive has offered kamaliʻi the opportunity to explore artistic excellence and their own creative expression through dance with nationally recognized Ailey Arts In Education (AIE) teaching artists. Nasha Thomas, National Director of AileyCamp/Spokesperson & Master Teacher for AIE, described the goal of the residency: “We strive to give these young people a platform to have a voice, to express themselves. How do you take your dreams and create something? ... Students learn that it takes focus, concentration, commitment and work.” Dance classes are being held through Friday at the Ballet Hawaii studios.

Honoring Queen Liliʻuokalani’s passion for the arts, Liliʻuokalani Trust believes in building opportunities for our Hawaiian children to explore their creative potential while building self-efficacy and strengthening their Native Hawaiian identity. With performing arts as a pathway, we envision our thriving Hawaiian children, inspired and confident to positively express themselves and realize their full potential.

About Liliʻuokalani Trust

Lili‘uokalani Trust was established by Hawaiʻi’s last ruling monarch, the beloved Queen Lili‘uokalani. Her Deed of Trust, executed in 1909, directs that the Queen’s lands be utilized to serve and provide for orphan and destitute children in perpetuity. The core Trust assets include some 6,400 acres of land, the majority in Kona. 

The vision of Liliʻuokalani Trust is e nā kamalei lupalupa, “Thriving Hawaiian Children.” Its mission: “We believe in the resiliency of our Hawaiian children; we advocate and work towards systemic change for their wellbeing and build them pathways to thriving lives.” 

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