Waves of Words Friday 7/13

aloha everyone,

Not-to-be-missed performance on Friday night: open to the public and free (free food too!) featuring Youth Speaks Hawaii, visiting poet Allison AKU-MATU Warden, Mehana Hind, Aaron Sala, Spoken Word Theater, Jon and Jamaica Osorio, and a presentation of the Kahoolawe Archive by Na Maka o ka Aina. Stick around after the performance for a Q&A with performers about what moved you and the future of performance arts in the Pacific.

Friday 7/13 Waves of Words Special Performance
6:00-8:00 pm
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Halau o Haumea
Free and open to the public
Free pupu!
Q&A with artists after the show

This flyer was designed by Jason Mateo and features the beautiful artwork of Donovan Kuhio Colleps.


please register!

aloha everyone! we’ve been getting such amazing enthusiastic response from you about the upcoming symposium. if you are thinking of attending, please register when you get a chance by clicking here:

more info about the Friday performance coming soon! so many people participating that we’re extending it, from 6-8 pm (instead of the original time of 6-7:30). more soon…

UPDATE 7/11:
If you did not register by the July 9th deadline… (it’s fine, just go register now 🙂 look forward to seeing you!)

If you are only reading this now and the symposium is starting already and it’s too late to register, just come, no worries. 🙂 🙂

cacophony to chorus

program is set and we’re so proud of it! there are going to be a number of different perspectives coming together for this conference, which is just the way we want it. we’re not out to homogenize oceanic spoken word, but to build a coalition of voices between people doing all sorts of really important artistic, educational, cultural, community work. we’re planning discussions that range from oral tradition to newfangled publishing to decolonizing education. we’re keeping the poetry soul throughout with creative debriefs and improvs each day. really hope you can make it.

Program here <–

oceanic voices rising

We recognize that spoken word is a vital creative living art especially for the people of the Pacific. But the current institution and practice of spoken word is heavily centered in the continental U.S. How can we sustain dialogue between spoken word and Oceanic traditions of orature? How can we support spoken word in education and in communities in the Pacific? How can we build more vibrant performance spaces? Join us–artists, teachers, community organizers, students, and lovers of poetry–in committed conversation and planning for a rising Oceanic spoken word movement.

beautiful house

beautiful house for our event has been confirmed! Mahalo nui to the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies for allowing us to hold this symposium in such an important community space. Halau o Haumea was named for the female ancestor who is reborn in every generation and represents our tie to the land, to our ancestors, and to our descendants.