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Pōhaku dance theater coming to UH Hilo

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Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Native Hawaiian issues and culture will be explored through music and dance when the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) presents Christopher Kau`i Morgan in Pōhaku on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Pōhaku is a dance theater piece choreographed by Morgan, which combines storytelling, hula, modern dance, classical music, and projection design to explore compelling universal themes in the story of Hawaiʻi’s native population, including land loss and fractured identity.

The work incorporates Morgan’s own stories to reflect these larger themes and was inspired by his late cousin, kumu hula John Kaimikaua (1957-2006). Performing live with Morgan are kumu hula Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder of Kaimikaua’s Halau Hula o Kukunaokalā, and classically trained electric cellist, Wytold.

“The story Christopher wants to tell is very deep and I think it will hit many Native Hawaiians in a significant way, especially those who have been separated from their cultural roots,” Ryder said.

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $25 General, $20 Discount and $12 UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17, pre-sale, or $30, $25 and $17 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or ordering online at

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