Jump into the waa (canoe) with your new friend, Pakaa, and help him paddle to keep up with the au waa lawaia (fishing fleet) as they make their way out to the kai lawaia (fishing grounds). There, after the fishing is done, Pakaa will wager his share of the catch on an impossible bet – and win! Pakaa Lanakila is a classic coming-of-age story that first appeared in Hawaiian-language newspapers during the late 19th century. Many versions have appeared since, in both Hawaiian and English. In 2011, on a commission from Chamber Music Hawaii with funding from the Honolulu Mayorʻs Office on Culture and the Arts, composer Jon Magnussen created a musical setting of a portion of the story in which the story is told by a flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and a narrator. Hawaii and English-speaking classrooms, including a bilingual CD recording and a free, downloadable bilingual teacher resource guide, with artwork by noted Hawaii Island artist, Caren Loebel-Fried.
- Maui Arts & Cultural Center