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Tuahine Troupe


The Tuahine Troupe is a group of selected aspiring students specializing in the perpetuation of Hawaiian Mele (songs and chants) through performance. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Robert Keawe Lopes Jr., The Tuahine Troupe promotes the maintenance of Hawaiian through the learning of Mele composed by native speakers and performing them in the manner in which they were originally intended, bringing life to the stories that are embedded within the lyrics. The Tuahine Troupe is a part of Ka Waihona A Ke Aloha: Ka Papahana Ho‘oheno Mele, the Mele Institute of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language of the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/6/2012: Tuahine Troupe

The University of Hawaii ensemble performs a program of traditional Hawaiian music and dance. Part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Tuahine Troupe