HALAU EA | WORKSHOPS | PANEL DISCUSSIONS
WAIWAI! In our interactions with our community, we are working to redefine and affirm the richer meanings of Waiwai for today.
One word that has consistently shown up as a descriptor for Waiwai is wellness or well-being.
WAI Series / Waiwai Collective / NOVEMBER. DECEMBER ʻ18
Water Connects Us
“Just as the sea is an open and ever flowing reality, so should our oceanic identity transcend all forms of insularity, to become one that is openly searching, inventive, and welcoming.”
― Epeli Hau’ofa, We Are the Ocean: Selected Works
Waiwai Collective offers a quote by prolific Tongan scholar and writer, Epeli Hauʻofa, as an invitation to reflect on our personal connection to Wai in her many forms. The WAI series will highlight the ancestral and contemporary relationships that extend from mauna to moana, from hale to kaiāulu (community), out to the farthest reaches of Oceania.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 | 10a – 1p
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: THAI NGUYEN “TYBIERIUS”
Minnesota-based b-boy Thai Nguyen brings over 20 years of dancing, performing, and competitive battling to WaiWai Collective. Driven by breakdancing’s ability to build confidence, connection, and creative expression, he has shared the stage alongside Rob Base, Bell Biv DeVoe, Vanilla Ice, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nguyen looks forward to helping students master foundational moves including toprock, go-downs, footwork, and freezes.
AINA Series / Waiwai Collective / SEPTEMBER. OCTOBER ʻ18
Waiwai Collective proudly presents a new collection of experiences, conversations and events that embody aina. To the kanaka, aina is the entity that feeds, provides shelter and connects community. September and October will bring the heat with a panel that discusses Peleailaau, readings from a newly published oiwi author, a political candidate forum, and much much more.
Come to Ka Waiwai this season to celebrate the generative inspiration of aina….e huai e!