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Ceremony part of Celebration of the Arts

May 11, 2014
The Maui News

FIRST PHOTO: Around 100 people greeted the sunrise the Hawaiian traditional way Saturday morning to kick off The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts. Led by Iokepa Nae'ole and Kahu Lyons Naeone, the participants first immersed themselves in the ocean in a protocol of cleansing called hiawai, then regathered on the beach to chant "E Ala E," as the sun rose over the treetops. Nae'ole likened the ritual to "clearing your hard drive." The beach ceremony began a full day of hands-on arts activities, panels, symposiums, performances, a film and a luau deeply steeped in Hawaiian culture and dedicated to this year's theme, "Ko makou alanui kupuna - Our ancestral paths." In ancient Hawaii, there was no word for art, kumu hula Hokulani Holt told participants in the event, because art was an integral part of everything Hawaiians did.

 
 

 

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