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Mapuna Leo

M?puna Leo (lit., Arising Voices) is a consortium of award-winning musicians, kumu hula (hula masters), and academic colleagues who have come together to celebrate the revitalization of Hawaiian culture and language. “Mele (Hawaiian song) and hula (Hawaiian dance), recount the stories of our people since the beginning of time and, through their performance, we remember and share those stories with all of you.” Hawaiian is a success story in bringing a language back from the brink of extinction. The use of this centuries-old language was actively discouraged in the early-20th century and Hawaiian was nearly destroyed.

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Mapuna Leo 7/3/13: Mapuna Leo

Award-winning musicians, kumu hula (hula masters), and academic colleagues celebrate the revitalization of Hawaiian culture and language. Part of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Mapuna Leo

Award-winning musicians, kumu hula (hula masters), and academic colleagues celebrate the revitalization of Hawaiian culture and language. Part of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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