Ha'upu
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Ha`upu is the third Hawaiian opera performed by Kamehameha Schools Hawai`i. The story is told through the cultural aspects of chant, mele, and hula. It is based on a Hawaiian legend involving Kapepe`ekauila, a rogue chief from the island of Moloka`i, who kidnaps Hina, a chiefess from Hilo. In retaliation, Hinas sons, Kana and Niheu attack Kapepe`ekauilas fortress at Ha`upu. While this daring rescue is being carried out, the unexpected happens: Hina falls in love. In the end, Hina is saved and Kapepe`ekauila vanquished, although the true fate of Hinas love for the Moloka'i chief remains unknown.

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