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Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra Performs Raise Hawaiki


Blaisdell Concert Hall: Blaisdell Concert Hall (map)


Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm


On Thursday, March 28, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra will perform Raise Hawaiki by local composer Michael-Thomas Foumai and Brahms' Requiem with the Oʻahu Choral Society, the choirs from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the choral programs from Kapiʻolani Community College and Windward Community College.

This is the world premiere of Michael-Thomas Foumai’s complete work of Raise Hawaiki.


The performance is presented in collaboration with the University Hawaiʻi Foundation, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Music Department, Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra, Oʻahu Choral Society, Polynesian Voyaging Society, IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre, Kapiʻolani Community College and Windward Community College. Go aboard Hōkūleʻa on a symphonic voyage celebrating the legacy of Polynesian voyaging in the world premiere of Honolulu composer Dr. Michael-Thomas Foumai’s Raise Hawaiki.

A modern epic of Hawaiʻi, the story of Hōkūleʻa embodies Hoʻāla with the awakening of the Hawaiian consciousness and movement to care for our blue island Earth. Through words inspired by navigators Nainoa Thompson and Mau Piailug, legendary waterman Eddie Aikau, and Hōkūleʻa’s voyaging crew members Sam Kaʻai and Sam Low with text edited by Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, experience the 1976 maiden voyage to Tahiti, navigate the seas by stars, relive the heroism and dream of Eddie Aikau, and celebrate the hope of Hōkūleʻa’s worldwide voyage, Mālama Honua.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

To watch the world premiere of Raise Hawaiki at the Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Gala, click here.

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