Kabu Ni Vanua / To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the East-West Center is bringing the dance company Kabu Ni Vanua from Fiji. Founded by the U.S. Congress during the Vietnam War, The East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was set up to promote and maintain positive relations among those from Asia, the U.S. and Pacific. Comprised of 18 members, Kabu Ni Vanua features some of Fiji’s best musicians and dancers. They will perform a men’s spear dance, fan dances, men’s and women’s hand dances and multi-part singing. Some of the performances depict important events in history or celebrate important family occasions like the birth of a child. The group chose the name Kabu Ni Vanua (which literally translates to “morning mist of the land”) because it represents the “dawn or new beginning of a new day.” Just as Native Hawaiians began revitalizing their culture in the 1970s after being colonized for over a century, Fijians have begun doing song and dance as a way to maintain their heritage in the face of adversity. So if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to watch some Fijian renaissance taking place this Saturday.
Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd., Sat 4/3, 8pm, $5–$20, [hawaii.edu], 944-2697