CREATIVE RESPONSE: Nā Wai Chamber Choir

The Nā Wai Chamber Choir performed this music at the ACDA Western Division Conference in March. The piece draws on two musical sources. The first source is the chant, "ʻOli O Nā Wai" by Nā Wai member Lilinoe Kauahikaua, outlining the significance of the name Nā Wai, and the groups’ intentions as an ensemble. The second source was "Kū Haʻaheo" composed by māhū educator, community leader, and musician Kumu Hina. This song is a sonic banner for the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna movement, calling on the Hawai’ian people to rise together for the protection and preservation of their homeland.

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