We are excited to share this new video with you. It is an engaging story of the sacred Wailua (Wailuanuiaho‘ano), on Kauai’s east side, along the Wailua River. Enjoy the exquisite landscape and Hawaii culture, as you immerse yourself in learning about “the royal lineage, mo‘olelo and histories of people who lived there.”
The mesmerizing video, Wailua I Ke Awawa O Na Ali’i, was directed by Nā‘ālehu Anthony, and has been recognized with an “Interpretive Media Preservation Award as an exemplary and impactful interpretation of the significance of a historic site.” The award honors Palikū Documentary Films, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, Kehau Kekua, Freckles Smith, and Beverly Muraoka.
More on Beverly Apana Muraoka, featured in today’s video.
Anytime Jeff’s friend Beverly Apana Muraoka is performing in person or elsewhere, he pays attention. Auntie Bev comes from a century long family history in hula, and she is an undisputed living legend. Beverly and Jeff met years ago, when they served together for an entire year on the Grand Jury. Beverly’s great grandmother was a court dancer during the reign of King David Kalakaua.
The Kuma Hula Bev has been teaching hula since the 1980’s but has been a life-long entertainer from a musical family. She together with her sister played at the Coco Palms for nearly 20 years.
Bev once said, “Hula is the power to remember. It is from the mind and from the heart. “If we can make other people happy, then isn’t our job done?”
History of Wailua, the Valley of the Kings.
Starting in the 13th century through the reign of King Kaumualii, this was the focal point of chiefly power on Kauai. Hawaiian heiau start from the mouth of the Wailua River and go all the way to the summit of Mt.Waialeale. A complex of four remain to this day. There are many legends here of the huaka’i po (Ghost Warriors) walking along these ancient trails at night. Their journey takes them to the top Mount Waiʻaleʻale.
Wailua River State Park (Beat of Hawaii photo above taken there) and the Wailua Complex of Heiaus, are found on the east side of Kauai. The park includes the Wailua River, Hawaii’s only navigable river where in normal times, kayaking, riverboat cruises, motor boating and water skiing are possible.
Watch this video and see Kumu hula and others share their own connection to the area as a spiritual center, a source of inspiration, and a connection to identity, history and wisdom.
Beat of Hawaii photo at Wailua River State Park.