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Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula - on PBS
Limbo Lizard
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From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2008-05-07 06:58 am   Permalink

By happy accident, I was switching through the channels late last night, and I happened on a great little independent documentary on PBS. I thought it would be of interest to some, here. It's Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula.
It's about the only male-only hula school (halau) in Hawaii. It began decades ago, in the early 70's, in attempt to recover the ancient traditions of the hula, as part of the Hawaiian Pride movement. The art of hula had become almost exclusively associated with female dancers, thanks to Hollywood and tourist shows. But originally, it was very much a "man thing", too.
Here's the full link:

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/menofhula/?campaign=pbshomefeatures_5_independentlensbrnakamaleithemenofhula_2008-05-07

There's a "Check local Listings" link. I may have seen the last showing in my area (Dallas), but I checked around, and it's showing in many other areas this week, still.

BTW, the idea for the film grew from an earlier documentary by the filmmaker, Lisette Marie Flanary, named 'American Aloha - Hula Beyond Hawaii'. That one's available from Netflix.


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pablus
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Posted: 2008-05-07 07:46 am   Permalink

I saw this too and it was very interesting.

I'm assuming that Robert Cazimero, the director featured last night, is the same one who is in the Brothers Cazimero group. They do all sorts of terrific Hawai'ian and Hapa songs. Great arrangements too.

Kaulana na Pua!





 
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Limbo Lizard
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From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2008-05-07 08:55 am   Permalink

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On 2008-05-07 07:46, pablus wrote:
I'm assuming that Robert Cazimero... is the same one who is in the Brothers Cazimero group. They do all sorts of terrific Hawai'ian and Hapa songs. Great arrangements too.


Yes, and the filmmaker says there's additional footage of the Brothers Cazimero playing a concert for May Day at the Waikiki Shell, in the special features section of the DVD, along with interviews with his brother, Roland, and manager, John de Mello.
You can buy the DVD for $24.95, but it doesn't appear to be available for rental, yet.


 
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Mr&Mrs BPHoptiki
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Posted: 2008-05-07 2:11 pm   Permalink

Wonderful! Thanks for posting this Limbo Lizard. I'm really looking forward to seeing this film.

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54 house of bamboo
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Posted: 2008-05-09 10:34 am   Permalink

To buy the documentary, go here: http://www.neoflix.com/store/leh96

Unlikely to be shown in the UK... but at least it's available on DVD.

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2008-05-10 07:48 am   Permalink

Excellent. The show aires 5.5 times next week! Once on reg tv and five times on HD.
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tikiwinebear
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Posted: 2008-05-11 09:30 am   Permalink

WOW!! Emotionally power packed film! I strongly recommend everyone who loves the Hawaiian culture see this documentary. If you think contact sports (football, soccer, etc) requires teamwork, check this out.

Two thumbs up here!
Aloha.
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sushiman
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From: Kumamoto , Japan
Posted: 2008-05-11 2:47 pm   Permalink

Wish I could see it ...Just learned the other day the the hula originated in Molokai .

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2008-05-11 6:02 pm   Permalink

This is a PBS hijack....

Sushiman, PBS loves to sell their shows. Doubtful the show would be on the web addy.
Hula starts at 11:30pm tonight on San Diegos PBS channel.

Also, tonight at 7:30pm is Equitrekking on Hawaii at Parker Ranch.


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Limbo Lizard
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From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2008-05-14 1:49 pm   Permalink

Well, after a cursory bit of clicking, San Diego is the only place I found that still has upcoming showings: Thur., May 15, at 5:00AM, and Fri., May 16, at 6:00 AM.

 
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