Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ka'iulani Project Opens The Hawaiian Scottish Festival in Waikiki

The 28th Annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Games is now less than a week away. It hosts The Ka'iulani Project on the weekend of April 4th and 5th in Waikiki. Hawaiian actor and long time host of The Merrie Monarch Festival, Kimo Kaho'ano will represent David Kalakaua, with Leilani Kupahu-Marino representing Princess Ka'iulani and Brian Dinsmore as her father, Archibald Cleghorn in The Ka'iulani Project Presentation with Jennifer Fahrni, opening the Festival in Queen Kapi'olani Park.
Hawaiian and Scottish solo pipers, Jake Kaio and Hamish Burgess will mark the beginning of The Ka'iulani Project presentation with a bagpipe salute. Having the presentation in Queen Kapi'olani Park is very appropriate as Ka'iulani's father Archibald Cleghorn was lead landscaper for the park and became known as Hawaii's 'Father of Parks'. Above photos: Jennifer Fahrni, Leilani Kupahu-Marino and Kimo Kaho'ano. Below: Princess Kaiulani Project presenters with Maui Bagpiper, Hamish Burgess and Oahu piper Jake Kaio.
The Ka'iulani Project Oahu presentation, which includes a history of Princess Ka'iulani Cleghorn's untold heroism, and short segments from the original script, "Ka'iulani - The Island Rose" written by Fahrni and Carol Harvie-Yamaguchi, opens the festival on the large stage at 11:30am on Saturday April 4th. It will be followed immediately by the Parade and Opening Ceremony. This new play challenges us to examine the prejudices and misunderstandings that tear us apart, and her story compels us to embrace diversity as the foundation upon which we build our greatness. Producers are already seeking kumu hula and scouting actors to fill the roles of the great musical Kalakaua family and perhaps, most importantly, the lead role of Ka'iulani for the large scale production to premiere in Hawaii. Photo above right: Hawaiian piper, Jacob Kaio and Scottish piper, Hamish Burgess at Mauna 'Ala, Nuuanu.
For details of the event go to The Kaiulani Project Events Page.

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