POP-UP PERFORMANCE: Anthony Pfluke
In June 2023, Nā Hōkū Hanohano finalist Anthony Pfluke performed a public pop-up performance featuring original songs inspired by Kahoʻolawe and Wailuku, Maui.
Following a 4-day volunteer access with the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission, Anthony worked closely with community members with special ties to this place to write Kū Kīaʻi Kanaloa. Through community consultations with Wailuku sources, an artist huaka’i of the Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge with Hawaiʻi Land Trust, and study of Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi’s ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings in partnership with Sissy Lake-Farm, Pfluke composed E Ola ʻĪao. The one-time-only pop-up performance was held at Kīpuka Square in Wailuku, and additionally featured music celebrating the distinctive sense of place, history and culture of these special Maui places — the majority of which were performed in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
“I was so humbled and overjoyed to share all new original music ma ka ‘ōlelo Hawai’i for Kaho’olawe & Wailuku respectively in Kīpuka Square. Mahalo nui to Small Town Big Art for teaching & guiding me with amazing knowledge of Maui and Kaho’olawe. Mahalo nui kākou a pau.” — Anthony Pfluke
Photos of Pfluke at the April '23 volunteer Kahoʻolawe access in partnership with the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission + of his June '23 pop-up performance in Wailuku Town. “I was so humbled and overjoyed to share all new original music ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi for Kahoʻolawe & Wailuku respectively in Kīpuka Square. Mahalo nui to Small Town Big Art, kumu hula Kealiʻi Reichel, kumu hula Kaponoʻai Molitau, kumu Sissy Lake-Farm, Pueo Pata, Uncle Scott Fisher, and Uncle Kevin Brown, for teaching & guiding me with amazing knowledge of Maui and Kahoʻolawe. Mahalo nui kākou a pau.”