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ʻAUʻA ʻLA: HOLDING ON at Kennedy Theatre

  • 1770 East-West Road Honolulu, HI, 96822 United States (map)
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September 27, 28 & October 4, 5, 6, 2019
FRI/SAT at 7:30pm
SUN 10/6 at 2:00pm


Hana Keaka Production

Written and Directed by Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker
In Collaboration with an artistic team of award-winning kumu hulas and composers

Set in 2019, four haumāna (students) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa embark on a research project that takes them into the repository of 19th century Hawaiian language archival materials. Delving into the archives, the haumāna begin to interrogate the histories of Ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina (the Hawaiian archipelago). They seek the meaning of mana (divine power/authority) and an understanding of lāhui (nation) as they reframe the narrative of Kānaka Maoli. In connecting with their kūpuna (ancestors) and affirming their foundation as Kānaka Maoli, they discover their mana in the resilience of their kūpuna to retain their heritage. 

Schooltime Shows for Students October 1-3, 2019. Contact or 808-956-3229 for details.


$25 Regular
$22 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$20 UHAA Members
$15 Students
$8 UH Mānoa Students with valid ID

THROWBACK SATURDAY PRICES (valid for 9/28 show only):
$5 UHM Student with valid UHM ID
$10 Discount
$15 Regular

Advance SuperSaver Tickets for only $15-$16 per ticket are on sale July 1 through August 30, 2019Order online by clicking here. Regular ticket sales begin September 2, 2019 and will be available online at, by phone at 944.2697, at Campus Center, at Stan Sheriff Box Office, and at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office (during open hours).

To purchase tickets, click here.

Earlier Event: October 4
KINKY BOOTS at Diamond Head Theatre
Later Event: October 4
SYLVIA at Manoa Valley Theatre