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The Story Of Everything By Kealoha At Mamiya Theatre
Date: Saturday - 9/26/2015
Time: 7:00 PM
3142 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
The Story of Everything by Kealoha
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Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai'i and honored MIT Nuclear Physics graduate, is presenting the world premiere of his multi-media production titled "The Story of Everything" a performance that infuses science, storytelling, poetry, movement, music, visual art, and chanting.
"The Story of Everything" is an original creation story (in epic poem format) based on multiple knowledge systems. It explores the question "Where do we come from?" Through this work, made possible through the support of a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Community Inspiration Award, the poet will dramatize explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse and yet interconnected as the Big Bang Theory, disco, physics, biology, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo. It will explore how various cultural elements and scientific disciplines can be used to approach a question about existence that has challenged humans from the very beginning. Kealoha's performance traces the beginning of life from simple forms that evolve into complex relationships, and ends with a provocation: "Where do we go from here? What's next?"
"The Story of Everything" will feature visual art projections by Solomon Enos, music by Taimane Gardner and the Quadraphonix, oli presented by Kaui Kanaka`ole, and dancing by Jamie Nakama, Jonathan Clarke Sypert, and Lorenzo Acosta in collaboration with Wailana Simcock. This production is co-directed by Cristian "See" Ellauri and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The 90 minute performance will include one 15 minute intermission. Following the show, the artists will meet for a brief conversation with audience members interested in exploring the subject further.
Visit www.KealohaPoetry.com for further information. Seating is general admission (first come, first served). For group sale discounts, email info@KealohaPoetry.com or call 808-387-9664.
WHAT: World premiere of The Story of Everything by Kealoha, Hawai`i's first Poet Laureate
WHERE: Mamiya Theatre, 3142 Waialae Avenue (on the shared campus for Chaminade University and Saint Louis High School)
WHEN: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:15 PM), September 26, 2015
COST: $15 at the door, $10 presale, $5 student discount. Visit website purchase tickets (http://www.kealohapoetry.com)
FOR GROUP DISCOUNTS OR MORE INFO: 808-387-9664, info@KealohaPoetry.com
Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i. As an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller, he has performed throughout the world -- from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program. In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nations best poets in 2007, and was honored as a "National Slam Legend" in 2010. Kealoha was featured on HBO's Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he has performed at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show, and the National Storytelling Network Conference. He has served as Hawai`i's SlamMaster since 2003 and is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i, and First Thursdays (the largest registered poetry slam in the world with 500+ in attendance). He graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in Nuclear Physics (and a minor in writing), served as a business consultant in San Francisco, and played around as a surf instructor prior to becoming a professional poet in 2002. Visit www.KealohaPoetry.com for more information.
ABOUT THE NACF:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a national nonprofit that supports American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide with the support of innovative arts patrons, partner foundations, arts organizations and Native Nations. The NACF is able to support "The Story of Everything" and other work in Hawai`i through generous support from the Leonard & Rose Freeman Family Fund of the Hawai`i Community Foundation and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org for more information.
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Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program. In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nations best poets in 2007, and was honored as a "National Slam Legend" in 2010. He is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i (2-Time International Champions), and First Thursdays (the largest registered slam poetry competition in the world with an average attendance of 600+).
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Kealoha has served as Hawai`is SlamMaster since 2003, and has been on the Artists in the Schools roster since 2005. He has featured at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Nuyorican poets cafe (New York City), the Bowery Poetry Club (New York City), the Green Mill (Chicago), the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Rokerij (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show. In the genre of storytelling, he has gained national recognition by showcasing at high profile events such as the National Storytelling Network Conference, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, and the Honolulu Storytelling Festival.
"National Slam Legend" --Honored at the 2010 National Poetry Slam
"The first poet to perform at a Hawai`i governor's inauguration." --KITV4 News
"The state's unofficial slam poet laureate." --Kawehi Haug, Honolulu Advertiser
Kealoha was featured on HBOs Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he is the poetic vocalist for Henry Kaponos Wild Hawaiian Experience (nominated for a Grammy). In the literature world, his poetry has been published by Bamboo Ridge, Real Word Magazine, and Auckland University Press. His poetry performances have also been recorded on albums such as Hapas Maui (winner of 4 Na Hoku Hanohano awards and the Hawai`i Music Award for Album of the Year), the Mana Maoli compilation (featuring Jack Johnson and John Cruz), and a full-length spoken word CD entitled Kealoha. He has performed 4 times on the Worlds Greatest Poetry Slam DVD series (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008), was featured in the film "Get a Job" starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom, and starred in the movie Hawai`i Slam: Poetry in Paradise." Kealoha has made dozens of television appearances, including two performances for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, PBS's Long Story Short (with Leslie Wilcox), and the State of Hawai`is Cant Fool the Youth anti-smoking campaign that he wrote, performed, and co-directed.
Kealoha has shared the stage with Kenny Loggins (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Jack Johnson (Multi-Platinum Recording Artist), Ben Harper (Multiple Grammy Winner), Willie Nelson (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Damian Junior Gong Marley (Multiple Grammy Winner), Jason Mraz (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Michael Franti (Spearhead), Don Carlos (Reggae Legend), Konishiki (Champion Sumo Wrestler), Medusa (Grammy Winner), and countless numbers of slam poetry superstars. He has also collaborated with artists such as Henry Kapono (Grammy Nominee), Hapa (Multiple Na Hoku winners), Makana (Slack Key Virtuoso), Willie K (Grammy Nominee), Mick Fleetwood (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), and Jason Scott Lee (Actor). Finally, he has conducted workshops at over 200 distinct schools, libraries, prisons, and community centers throughout his career (including a Masters Workshop at the Bamboo Ridge Writers Institute) alongside writing leaders such as Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior), and Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider).
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The Various Ways To Work With Kealoha
Kealoha has been booked to perform at concerts, festivals, corporate events, conferences, weddings, speaker series, rallies, anti-violence shows, HIV awareness days, art openings, keynote addresses, motivational seminars, cultural events, award ceremonies, and fundraisers. His performances combine poetry, storytelling, movement, theater, and interactive speaking. The length of his performances range from 1 minute blasts to full hour-and-a-half shows, depending on his clients' needs. He is a seasoned performer who has toured throughout the world, playing to packed houses in cities such as Zurich, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. He has also made numerous television and radio show appearances, and has performed in hundreds of live venues throughout Hawai`i including the `Iolani Palace, Aloha Stadium, Waikiki Shell, Neal Blaisdell Arena, Hawai`i Theatre, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Studio1, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Hawaiian Hut, Pipeline Cafe, and the Hawai`i Convention Center.
Kealoha brings a great wealth of energy and comfort on stage as an emcee. When appropriate, he is also able to fill in dead time with his poems, making sure that the audience is always engaged. Behind the scenes, he is extremely detail oriented, and helps to keep the flow of his events smooth. He primarily emcees concerts, festivals, and conferences.
Kealoha conducts both large-scale assemblies and intimate classroom workshops for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, and Universities throughout the country. His touring series, called "Stylistic Elements," exposes students to performance poetry, gives them a hands-on writing experience, and inspires them to find their own poetic voice. The content and language level (automatically censored for High School and below) of Stylistic Elements is tailored from class to class in order to match the age group and learning needs of the students. Furthermore, each of Kealoha's workshops fulfill an average of 6-7 of the Hawai`i Content and Performance Standards in the Language Arts (written & oral), Fine Arts (drama and theatre), and Career Planning areas. In addition to poetry, his assemblies and classroom workshops have also been used to address specific topics such as anti-violence awareness, career options, the importance of reading/literacy, motivation, leadership, college prep, theater, and anti-tobacco messages. Because he is both Native Hawaiian and born & raised in Hawai`i, Kealoha has extreme sensitivity towards local issues and builds rapport with students as soon as he enters the room.
Stylistic Elements has inspired thousands of students and teachers in over 200 distinct schools, libraries, prisons, and community centers since 2002. In 2010, Kealoha was selected as a master artist for the National Endowment for the Arts: Hawai`i Arts at Work Program. Furthermore, Kealoha has also taught a Master's Workshop at the Bamboo Ridge Writer's Institute, has done professional development with teachers at educational seminars, has conducted workshops at the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival (Brave New Voices), and has taught both male and female inmates in Hawaii's prisons. Kealoha has been on the Artistic Teaching Partners (Artists in the Schools) roster since 2005, and has completed multi-week residencies at Kahuku High School, Waiau Elementary, Molokai High School, Kaua`i High School, Makaha Elementary, Waimea Middle School (Big Island), Kamaile Academy, Wai`anae Elementary, Nanakuli Elementary, and Salt Lake Elementary. He was also commissioned to design and teach a full summer school course in Performing Arts at Punahou High School.
The HawaiiSlam Poets
Kealoha is the coach and a member of the HawaiiSlam Poets, a group of Hawaii's best performance poets. Their team pieces (more than one person delivering the poem) have been featured on the National Poetry Slam's Finals stage for three years, and in 2009 they placed 5th in the nation out of 68 teams. Their performance poetry shows have been typically used for special events, school assemblies, concerts, and festivals.
Music Shows & Performing Arts Concerts
Kealoha tours with some of Hawaii's best musicians & performers as a poetic vocalist. He currently has full concert shows with Henry Kapono ("The Wild Hawaiian" - classic rock with a Hawaiian language twist), Makana (progressive slack key and rock), Kaumakaiwa Kanaka`ole (Hawaiian roots and music), Hawaiian Ryan (comedy, poetry, and improv music), Kathy "Tita" Collins (storytelling & poetry), and Communication (acoustic soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, poetry). These performance groups have typically been used for music festivals, concerts, and theatre engagements.
Need a poem, spoken word piece, or piece of prose that says something very specific? Kealoha is up for the task. As an artist, he immerses himself into his clients' assignments with passion. He can work on very tight time lines, and is professional with his communication during the process. For television shows or promos, Kealoha has been commissioned by clients such as the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show (Hawai`i's Grammys), the State of Hawaii's Department Of Health, the City and County of Honolulu, the Na Hoku O Hawai`i Music Festival, the Kokua for Katrina Benefit Concert, and the Kokua for the Pacific Benefit Concert. In the music industry, he has been commissioned by Hapa, Henry Kapono, and Makana. He was also commissioned to write the inauguration poem for the Governor of Hawai`i.
If you are interested in using Kealoha or his associates for your event/school, please send an email to info@KealohaPoetry.com or call (808) 387-9664 for more information. If you have a different use for Kealoha that is not listed in any of the above categories, don't be shy. Kealoha is a quick study and can usually accomodate any of your needs. He is also honest about his limitations, and will let you know if he is uncomfortable with performing certain functions.
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