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Pacific Dance Fono 2013

Background to the Fono 

The Pacific Dance Fono has been an annual dance event since 2006 and is a forum for Pacific dance practitioners, choreographers, academics, managers and directors to discuss issues around Pacific dance especially relating to its place in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

2013 will be the seventh fono and will take place at the University of Auckland’s magnificent Fale Pasifika within the Pacific Studies department.  This year will also feature special keynote speaker and kumu hula Blaine Kamalani Kia from Hawai’i. 

Kumu Blaine is the founder and president of the Ka Laua’e Foundation, a network of 15 halaus (hula schools) across the Pacific, America, Japan and most recently in New Zealand. Besides offering a wonderful knowledge of ancient Hawaiian hula, Kumu Blaine also offers experience in running a large dance organization and an idea, a theme, a knowing – as is outlined in his theme, “Ke Ao Lewa – The Realm of Consciousness”.


THEME: "Ke  Ao Lewa" The Realm of Consciousness

"Ke Ao Lewa" speaks volumes about how we are to be conscientious with who we are as a "people" striving, coping, and succeeding in the twenty-first century of a technological world.

"Ke Ao Lewa" requires us to open your eyes beyond the earth's surface and gravitation of worldly influences and to look, seek beyond the human comprehension for many of our answers are in the realms of the clouds, the stars, the moon, and the heavens.  We are sometimes short-sighted and fail to look deeper into our consciousness when the art of Hawaiian dance can become vapid and lose its ‘mana’.  A world of knowledge is in the dance, from the dance, by the dance.  "Ao." A realm of knowledge!

"Ke Ao Lewa" teaches us to always look beyond the human form.  To seek that which cannot be obtained by physical forms.  We must manifest ourselves in the realms of our ‘kupuna’ through the art of dance and allow ones senses to connect to the higher realms above.  This is the ultimate satisfaction.  To "know" you are a part of their realm of "Lewa." A consciousness!

Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia

From the director of PDNZ…

“Pacific Dance New Zealand is honoured to have Kumu Blaine Kia as this year’s keynote speaker and international guest. Kia follows a line of important speakers who have shaped the fono over the years to what it is today. Kumu Blaine will bring to this important event his own practical and philosophical position as to where dance is placed in the 21st century and its role in continuing to bridge the old and new worlds. These are vital notions when looking at dance as cultural milestones in our history and Pacific region. We look forward to this year’s event and the talanoa (discussion) that yields for our community here in New Zealand Aotearoa.”


Assoc Prof Damon Salesa Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia Consul General Jim Donegan


Friday 8th March,

10am – 10:30am

Opening address by Assoc. Prof. Damon Salesa (Fale Pasifika)

Opening address by U.S. Consul General Jim Donegan

10:30am - 12:30pm (Keynote address by Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia and open discussion)

12:30pm – 1:00pm (lunch)

1:00pm – 3:00pm (Practical workshop)

3:00pm - 4:00pm (Plenary session)

4:00pm – 5:00pm (networking)


Fale Pasifika, Auckland University


Waged - $20 pre-registered, $25 on the day

Unwaged - $10 pre-registration, $15 on the day

To Register:

Email – auckland@pacificdance.co.nz

Phone – 09 376 00 60 

Download a registration form here.