Ola I Ka Wai ʻO Maui
Aunty Sally Ann Delos Reyes
On Nov 5, 2023, this intergenerational talk-story recording between water-woman Aunty Sally Ann Delos Reyes and Hui Mo‘olelo participant Lopaka White was presented as a work of public art on the Great Lawn of the University of Hawaiʻi-Maui College Campus for the Arts & Resilience Event: Excerpt HERE (4 m 12 s) | Full Recording HERE (1 h 45 m 29 s)
Bringing the audio recording above to life, which includes stories of the "deep, deep blue," using a rope to navigate to the surface after a deep sea dive, fishing with Aunty Sally Ann's father in Lahaina, crossing the ʻAuʻau channel and more, Maui's Adaptations Dance Theater (ADT) and Hāna-grown musician Stephen Henderson collaboratively performed live work inspired and composed by the talk-story.
Following workshops with the Kahului community, ADT and Henderson premiered this work for a live audience as an expression of public art connecting people, place and story through a participatory process.
The 2023 Arts & Resilience Event additionally included:
- An opening performance by Aunty Sally Ann & friends
- Emcee Sissy Lake-Farm, Kumu of Hālau Makana Aloha O Ka Lauaʻe and Executive Director of Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society
- Opening pule by Uncle Bill Garcia
- "1,000 Words" - a reading by Jocelyn Romero Demirbag
- Drop-in art making activities with 1) Michael Takemoto & Marc Antosch; 2) Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
- Wildfire Resource Tables staffed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & FEMA, both part of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Kākoʻo Maui Resource Hub
- Information Tables staffed by Lahaina Restoration Foundation and University of Hawaiʻi-Maui College
- Performance of Kū Kīaʻi Kanaloa by Anthony Pfluke & Ethan Villanueva
Adaptations Dance Theater | @adaptationsdancetheater
Incorporated in 2013, Adaptations Dance Theater (ADT) is Maui's contemporary dance company that creates groundbreaking work to spark new energy in the local dance community. By producing original works and creating professional performance opportunities on an annual basis, ADT addresses a specific need to create and sustain a home for professional contemporary dancers on Maui so that they may create, collaborate, and grow in their artistry without having to leave their island home to do so. Simultaneously, ADT fosters a space where the general public can regularly experience this performing art, presented by artists trained locally and abroad.
ADT’s performance programs seek to relay universal human experiences expressed through dance’s visceral form. ADT is proud to be a part of the vibrant arts community on Maui and strives to contribute to the creativity, education, and inspiration of future dancers and art advocates.
Stephen Henderson | @stephenhmusic
Stephen Henderson is an independent producer, singer/songwriter, looper pedal artist and multi-instrumentalist whose roots stem from the small town of Hāna, Maui, Hawaii. Raised in a musical family, Stephen had his first taste of the music industry touring with The Jets at a young age, while his father managed them in the 90's. His passion for music was fueled when his family moved from Los Angeles to Hāna, Maui where Stephen was inspired by country legend Kris Kristofferson to begin writing his own music at the age of 12. Since then he has written over 200 songs and holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music, Science & Technology, emphasizing in Music Cognition and Audio Engineering from Stanford University. He traveled and lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Boulder, New Zealand, and Salt Lake City. He currently resides in Hilo, HI.
Aunty Sally Ann Delos Reyes & Lopaka White
Maui County Office of Economic Development
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola Program
The Atherton Family Foundation
CNHA's Kākoʻo Maui Resource Hub
Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House / Maui Historical Society
Jocelyn Romero Demirbag
University of Hawaiʻi-Maui College
Michael & Rae Takemoto and Marc Antosch
Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center
Lahaina Restoration Foundation
Uncle Bill Garcia
Anthony Pfluke & Ethan Villanueva