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A curated weekend reader by the editors of Flux Hawaii. Every Aloha Friday, we share the best in news, film, and culture from, around, and about the islands that capture our attention.

From time to time, we invite our favorite creatives to share the latest content inspiring their craft. This week’s guest curator: Noah Ha‘alilio Solomon, a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hawaiian language professor and the editor of Flux Hawaii’s ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i series. In his most recent work for Flux, Solomon spoke with activist Kalehua Krug about being on the frontlines of the fight for Kapūkaki, also known as Red Hill.

 
 
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INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES » Now is a crucial time for the planet and a turning point for humanity. As part of the climate change discussion and solution, linguistic diversity is integral in restoring balance to both global and local ecologies. The International Decade of Indigenous Languages helps us rethink the languages of the world as natural resources whose roles are central in shaping and securing sustainable futures.

As we adjust to a pandemic-changed world, read about how 2022 is the start of a decade to support Indigenous languages across the globe, a proactive way which UH Mānoa-based linguist Andrea Berez-Kroeker says can “empower communities to determine their own linguistic destiny.”

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Ka Leo Kēia o Ke Aloha

 


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KENNEDY THEATRE » Set in pre-pandemic Hawai‘i upon the luxurious slopes of Lēʻahi, Hoʻoilina is a farcical hana keaka that knocks on the door of a Kanaka Maoli family anxiously poised for a will reading that will determine the fate of a huge inheritance from their beloved matriarch. Just as the will is about to be read, a quirky stranger appears at the door, claiming her right to the hefty endowment.

As chaos ensues, family secrets are revealed, causing the family to question their own relationships, identity, and future as Kanaka while being insidiously constricted by the pressures of capitalism and cultural loss. Hoʻoilina is a hana keaka (Hawaiian theater) production performed in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language), Pidgin, ʻōlelo māhū (Māhū language), and English.

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Rap’s Hawai‘i, Our Hawai‘i

 


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WALEA » Last year, this Hawaiian trio released their debut album Lei Pāpahi. Kings Kalohelani (upright bass), Kū Koanui-Souza (ʻukulele), and Kekoa Woodward (guitar) make up the Hawaiʻi-born-and-raised group known as Walea, meaning “to relax, have a good time, to be so familiar that one places no effort.” With plenty of covers of traditional Hawaiian mele and a few originals, the young gentlemen’s musical stylings are a nostalgic journey back to old Hawaiʻi sure to bring a smile to your face and a sway to your hips.

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The Musical Pioneer that Changed Hawaiian and American Music

 


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HAWAI‘I STATE ARCHIVES » The Hawaiʻi State Archives, also know as the Public Archives, has recently acquired an invaluable collection of mele Hawaiʻi, or Hawaiian music, spanning multiple decades and musical subgenres across several thousand records. In collaboration with the Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings (KCPS), the archives are seeking volunteers to help with the organization of the collection. At the same time, the Pūmanamana Project is creating an index to navigate the multiple dimensions of this musical historiography by creating a public heritage resource available online.

All those interested in participating are encouraged to contact KCPS executive director Kilin Reece at kcpstrings@gmail.com.

 

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