Kalani Performing Arts Festival - Huliau 2012: The Turning Point

Yannis Adoniou, Blue Star Octave, Kenny Elliot, Joule L`adara, Wainani Leialoha Makuakane Hansen, Wailana Simcock, Andrea Torres

3rd Annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival

Kalani Performing Arts Festival HawaiiThe Kalani Performing Arts Festival is heralded by local artists and media as one of the most innovative collaborations in the state. This year's theme is Huliau 2012: The Turning Point. 2012 is a riveting time in the world, exciting times for art and expression. Huliau means the turning point. Time of Change. It is to recall the past while embracing the needs of this changing world. Annexation was a turning point for Hawaii. We now live in the effects of that turning point. Huliau is profound change, unimaginable juxtapositions, multi-cultural explosions, global understanding and awareness. Huliau is responsible for revolutions, music, and dances. Huliau means to mālama your culture and integrity while moving bravely in the new world..

The mission of KPAF is to stimulate, educate, and inspire Hawaiian locals and to welcome visitors to participate in the performing arts in Hawaii in the beautiful setting of Puna.  We uphold Hawaiian cultural values and traditions as it is incorporated in the western theater arts.  KPAF aims to create original and exciting work to be featured in the concluding finale performance while supporting the performing arts in Hawaii.

Festival attendees are treated to extraordinary and intimate performances, as our featured faculty, some of the most acclaimed in their art in Hawai'i, take to the stage throughout the week, each day featuring a different art form.

Attending performers, both local and abroad, work with these teachers to workshop their skills, and co-create a collective piece through the week which is presented as a grand finale at the end of the festival. 

Those attending as spectators have plenty of time through the day to enjoy Kalani's vibrant schedule of yoga classes, Hawaiian culture classes, and performing arts.  You may also attend featured teacher sessions on a drop-in basis if you'd like to explore any of this year's art forms:  Hula, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance, Music, Voice, and Acting.

Or, for an immersive and exhillerating experience, awaken your creative potential in the performer intensive. Participants from all levels, beginners and professionals alike, are welcomed to KPAF who have a passion and interest in the performing arts. For more information on the performer intensive, click here.

We would like to acknowledge our special guest this year,  KUNST-STOFF,  the critically acclaimed dance company from San Francisco. Led by Choreographer and Director Yannis Adoniou, KUNST-STOFF will be teaching Modern Dance in KPAF3, and will also be Kalani’s Artist in Residence the week prior to the Festival.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn and dance with an award winning company from San Francisco at our home here in Puna. To learn more about KUNST-STOFF visit kunst-stoff.org.

KPAF3 Schedule

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Classes marked in pink are open drop-in classes.

KPAF Schedule

About the Facilitator(s)

Yannis Adoniou and KUNST-STOFF Dance Company, Modern Dance

In 1998 Yannis Adoniou founded the critically acclaimed dance company, KUNST-STOFF with longtime collaborator Tomi Paasonen to explore the intersection of multiple art forms and aesthetics, employing dance as the central medium. With KUNST-STOFF dance company, his works have toured throughout the USA and internationally with critical acclaim. Since 2010 Adoniou, runs the performing and visual arts space KUNST-STOFF arts, located in down town San Francisco, California USA, where he teaches, curates and creates works for KUNST-STOFF dance company.


Raj Olson & Blue Star Octave, Music

Raj Olson, always looking for something artistically unique and original, is a multimedia artist residing in the Puna District on Hawaii Island. Trained in classical guitar technique in Singapore, West African percussion in Hawaii and influenced by his East Indian background Raj has a unique style of guitar and composition. At 18 years old in Colorado Raj released "Selected Guitar Sequences" an album combining classical style guitar with alternate tunings. At 19 years old he met critically acclaimed writer/theatre director Kate Veihl and with a Federal grant they formed a very successful percussion group to work with rehabilitating senior citizens through music. After moving to Hawaii in 2001 Raj and Kate Veihl formed Stargate Academy of Performing Arts in which Raj has starred, played music, and written for most of their original acclaimed productions. In 2009 while starring and writing the score for the esoteric play "Conference of the Birds" he got to train with Hawaii's amazing choreographer Wailana Simcock. Raj has since worked with Wailana's dance company "Wai Company" as a musician. Currently Raj is playing and writing music with the unique band "Blue Star Octave" a fusion gypsy rock and roll dance band that plays around the Big Island.

Kenny Elliott, Acting

Since his beginnings, Elliott has had the privilege and opportunity to perform on many stages across the U.S., including Disney's RedCat Theatre, Stages Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. As a co-star on television, he has made appearances on Lost, Cold Case, Strong Medicine and the Wayan's.  He has travelled the U.S. with the national tour of The Exonerated, where he originated the role of Robert Hayes, in which the Los Angeles Times claimed the production, "...a riveting Actorsʻ Gang staging examining capital punishment and the justice system in chilling terms." He also originated the role of Ned in Batboy, the Musical, which eventually went to Broadway.

Ken traveled to the Island of Hawaiʻi in 2005 to assist longtime friend Jason Scott Lee, in inaugurating his Ulua Theatre, in Lanford Wilson's play, Burn This, in the role of Larry, which consequently sold out for three weeks.

He is also Artistic Director and co-founder of GASP Theatre Company with which he directed and produced, "Tape" at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (2009), and "The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later" (2010) at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.  He is also slated to direct UH Hilo's Fall 2012 production of August Wilson's play, "Joe Turners Come and Gone" at the Performing Arts Center. In 2009, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and this summer earns his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Certificate in Elementary Education.

Ken's membership in Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actor's Equity Association, combined with his professional training and experience over the past 25 years, has prepared him to share his knowledge of exploring the "Power of the Voice" through the heightened emotional states of Happiness, Sadness, Fear and Anger.

Joule L`adara, Voice

Joule L’adara MFA, is a classically trained vocalist whose music integrates western and eastern spiritual traditions utilizing extended vocal techniques. She is a Sound Healing and Reiki practitioner, holding a Masters in Multi-Focus Vocal Performance, a BFA in Acting, and a Diploma in Audio Engineering. She has sung in Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and professional musical theatre and opera companies in the United States and in Europe, as well as performing her original music worldwide. As the founder of Sounding Circles LLC, she joyously leads workshops and retreats throughout the US featuring group improvisational vocal methods designed to bring about emotional release and promote the idea of community building through group resonance. Joule is the host of Sounding Circles Radio, a bi-monthly show airing on the Contact Talk Radio Network, featuring interviews with leading edge sound healing practitioners and conscious musicians. Her Sounding Circles Intensive will take place for the third year at Kalani Oceanside Retreat in July 2012.


Wainani Leialoha Makuakane Hansen, Hula

Wainani was Maui born and raised in Kailua, O`ahu.  Her first kaholo began when she was 5 years old and she has been dancing hula ever since.  She has had the honor of studying with amazing Kumu Hula – Karen Aiu, Holoua Stender, Randy Fong, Wayne Chang, and Kaleo Trinidad.  Her passion for dancing led her to study many other forms of dance and movement – ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, tap, pilates, yoga, GYROTONIC ® and aerial dancing; but her roots and true love will always be hula.

Wailana Simcock, Artistic Director

Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, Wailana was raised on O'ahu from age five. His multi-cultural identity and immigrant status has critically influenced his dance and art. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and later for the Hawaii Public School System upon his return in 2000. He then joined and performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawai‘i. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”--bridging Hawaiian Studies with the Performing Arts. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production of ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lāhaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he has been using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement. He has taught at the Hawaiian Immersion Ka ‘Umeke Kāʽeo and now at Nāwahīokalaniʽopuʽu. Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.

Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance

Brazil born, dancer & yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawai‘i’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the critically acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lāhaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Her aerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Hālau Nā Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawai‘i and Japan, I Ka Wā Kahiko-Haleakalā Productions, Honua'ula Lūau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawai‘i” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawai‘i’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawai‘i Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.


Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Special package rates are available for the Kalani Performing Arts Festival - a tremendous value!

Included: Accommodation in a lodge room with private bathroom, all meals at Kalani, use of Kalani facilities, regular classes (over 50 per week), and all feature dinners and evening events.

Not Included: Airport transfers, performer immersion tuition, and flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.)

Weekend Package (3 Nights): 
$495 per person, double occupancy ($675 single)

7 day / 6 night Package (Complimentary wellness treatment included):
$990 per person, double occupancy ($1350 single)

Extended Stay Package (Two complimentary wellness treatments included): 
$1395 per person, double occupancy ($1995 single)

A very limited number of room upgrades are available. Inquire for details.

Performer Intensive:
$500 tuition per person ($350 kama'aina). For more details about the Performer Immersion, click here.