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Halau presents pleasing, contemporary take on hula

A mainland troupe's show is based on old Hawaii newspapers

By Wanda A. Adams
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 11, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Patrick Makuakane knows just how far to stretch the rules of hula &mdash; just far enough so they don't snap back.</span></p>
<p>Makuakane, born on Oahu, is kumu hula and founder of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu (Feather Garlands from the Heights), based in San Francisco. Charming, articulate, kolohe (rascally), Makuakane narrates his 30-member troupe's shows, choreographs them, beats the pahu, sings, even dances (most kumu don't, in performance).</p>
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Patrick Makuakane knows just how far to stretch the rules of hula — just far enough so they don't snap back.

Makuakane, born on Oahu, is kumu hula and founder of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu (Feather Garlands from the Heights), based in San Francisco. Charming, articulate, kolohe (rascally), Makuakane narrates his 30-member troupe's shows, choreographs them, beats the pahu, sings, even dances (most kumu don't, in performance). Login for more...



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