The Natives Are Restless

The Natives Are Restless uses dance master Patrick Makuakāne and his work as twin keyholes into the largely untold story of hula: how it has roared back as an authentic art form after two centuries of overt suppression, benign neglect, and tourist cliché. Makuakāne is uniquely suited to his role as an ambassador of Hawaiian culture since he is one-half Hawaiian and one half haole, or white, and has spent half of his fifty-five years in Honolulu and the other half in San Francisco. In the background of the book is the tragic story of an indigenous people and the threats to its culture. In the foreground is groundbreaking choreography and exuberant theatricality that Makuakāne invents to tell that story. The crisp narrative, complemented by four-color photographs and stunning page design, makes Makuakāne’s exuberant, fierce, sensuous dance style come alive on the page. Publication of The Natives Are Restless is timed to coincide with the 2016 première of an all-new version of the show of the same name, which showcases the edgy choreography and electric staging of Makuakāne’s troupe, Nā Lei Hulu i ka Wēkiu.

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Author: Constance Hale

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

 

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