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La MaMa Kids: Hula Ki'i Puppet Workshop with Uncle Calvin Hoe
Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 1:00PM

Great Jones @ La MaMa
47 Great Jones
6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.


The Hula Ki'i class will use small coconuts to make finger puppets. Families will learn a Hula and Mele (song) together and perform the Hula with the finger puppets. The class focuses on preserving the endangered Hawaiian art of Hula Ki'i, sharing the value of aloha from Hawaiian islands, and the gathering for intergenerational storytelling.

Uncle Calvin Hoe, Master instrument-maker “Uncle” Calvin Hoe is one of Hawai'i’s premier native artisans, making authentic pre-contact Hawaiian instruments since 1961, and providing musicians, scholars, and hula practitioners with his highly valued creations. He is the co-founder of Hakipu'u Learning Center, a Hawaiian-based public charter school.

Long committed to teaching Hawai'i’s children, Calvin has worked at Kamehameha Schools, Queen Lili'uokalani Children’s Center and Bishop Museum. He has also been featured in Smithsonian magazines and publications. Uncle Calvin's Hawaiian ancestry comes from his mother, whose family owned land for generations in Hakipu'u on O'ahu’s windward side. A long-time community activist, Calvin and his wife Charlene worked successfully to preserve the water rights and keep development out of neighboring Wai'hole and Waik'ne Valleys, because valuable water, like the streams of Hakipu'u, was being diverted for use in Central and Leeward Oahu agricultural fields.

As an important cultural resource, Calvin has been invited to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. on two occasions to demonstrate his art, and he is one of the few allowed into the archival recesses of museums with ancient Hawaiian instruments to touch and examine the artifacts. A student of renown Hula Master, Nona Beamer, “Uncle Cal” has been involved in the renaissance of Hawaiian music, hula, and the arts for the past five decades.

Since 2009, he has been in a partnership with Maile Beamer-Loo at Hula Preservation Society to present workshops on select rare forms of Hula, such as the Hula 'Ohe, or Nose Flute Hula and Hula Ki'i, or puppetry. Uncle Cal has traveled the world sharing his knowledge and we are privileged to have him with us at the Spring Community Week, teaching the making and playing of the 'ohe hano ihu, Hula ki'i, telling stories, and teaching about Hawaiian culture.