Music and dances of Hawaii, Tahiti, Aotearoa, and Samoa
About the Organization
Since 2003, the non-profit organization Kamakani Komohana has been sharing the cultures of Hawaii, Tahiti, Aotearoa, and Samoa. Located in Huntington Beach, the organization has as its mission the promotion and preservation of Polynesian culture, music, and dance, and strives to serve the community through the artistic activities of classes, workshops, and cultural performances. Since inception, each year Kamakani has held winter and summer Ho’ike (presentations) to share our students’ accomplishments with the community. One of their main presentations is their annual “One Spirit, Many Souls” Festival. Driven by the principle that many souls are connected through one spirit, this festival utilizes the power of song, dance, and artistic expression to unite the creative communities of Polynesia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Japan, along with American Jazz, modern dance, rock ‘n roll, and pop music.
Living Cultures Grant
One Spirit Many Souls Luau
In 2020 Kamakani Komohana Organization received a Living Cultures Grant from ACTA to help produce their annual Luau. It will feature students and entertainers from the Polynesian community showcasing songs and dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, and Aotearoha (New Zealand). Leading up to it, the project will involve months of classroom preparation as students will learn the history, language, music, and dances to be presented.