HAWAIIAN PUPPET STORY TELLING
The Cultural Exchange Foundation is actively involved in efforts to preserve and share the work of the Hawai’ianna O Puna troupe of puppeteers, one of the last remaining groups carrying out this rich Hawaiian folk tradition. This group uses puppets to illustrate the ancient Hawaiian myths told by a master storyteller, Auntie Leilehua Omphroy. Hawaiian folk traditions also are reflected in the puppets, which themselves are unique works of art. The Hawai’ianna O Puna performances pass the wisdom of elders to other generations. They dramatize myths about the origins of Hawaiian people telling wisdom acquired from nature and their ancient gods. Their work offers a unique contribution to folk art by combining oral history and puppet theater.
Our planned project will enable people everywhere to enjoy this little-known, disappearing Hawaiian folk art form. Activities will include: