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Help bring Wai Company, Hawaii's new & innovative aerial and contemporary dance group, to the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland this August!
Help bring Wai Company, Hawaii's new & innovative aerial and contemporary dance group, to the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland this August!
74 backers pledged $5,041 to help bring this project to life.

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Jamie Nakama in Hāloa. Photo: Darren Miller.  Video above by Marcos Lewis.
Jamie Nakama in Hāloa. Photo: Darren Miller. Video above by Marcos Lewis.

Presenting Mālama Hawai‘i - world premiere


In their first European appearance in Scotland's famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wai Company will bring a dynamic and visceral dance theater work called Mālama Hawai'i (Protect Hawaii) where they explore GMO production, food sovereignty and environmental threats in Hawai‘i through contemporary dance, aerial dance, theater, and oli (Hawaiian chant).

Jamie Nakama and Kapono Aiwohi in Hāloa. Photo: Darren Miller
Jamie Nakama and Kapono Aiwohi in Hāloa. Photo: Darren Miller

Wai Company contributes a unique voice fusing ancient stories with modern forms. This latest work centers around food and specifically explores the impact of GMO production on the peoples, cultures and environments of Hawai’i. Hāloa, Bananimal, American Dream and HI Fructose Corn Syrup are all part of the longer work-in-progress of Mālama Hawai‘i. This new work reflects the company’s ongoing exploration of cultural identity, indigenous perspectives, colonialism, beauty and power.

HI Fructose Corn Syrup - Sequoia Carr-Brown, Jamie Nakama and Elizabeth Grote. Photo: Darren Miller
HI Fructose Corn Syrup - Sequoia Carr-Brown, Jamie Nakama and Elizabeth Grote. Photo: Darren Miller

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was established in 1947 and has become the largest arts festival in the world showcasing new, experimental, and established artists. 

Your contribution will be humbly and gratefully received and will support our production, travel and accommodation costs.  We have a goal to reach at least $5,000 to offset our cost of $20,000.

Wailana Simcock as Bananimal.  Photo:  Kelli Bullock
Wailana Simcock as Bananimal. Photo: Kelli Bullock

Wai Company's future Hawai'i engagements include the 2014 O’ahu Fringe Festival this fall.

Wailana Simcock as Bananimal.  Photo:  Kelli Bullock
Wailana Simcock as Bananimal. Photo: Kelli Bullock

Below are some of our rewards, Wai Company t-shirts designed by Chandler Moss and hats by Jai Theige. Shirts come in all sizes and an assortment of colors.  You have a choice between two shirts.

Trucker Hats

Design by Jai Theige
Design by Jai Theige
Design by Jai Theige
Design by Jai Theige

T-Shirts

Wai Company - Moku Ka Pawa
Wai Company - Moku Ka Pawa

Our Moku Ka Pawa (breaking dawn) shirt was shot at sunrise near Kalapana, Moku o Keawe at "The Point" in front of Kalani Honua Retreat Center, and captures the start of the company on Big Island, 2010 (Photo: Jesse Torrey, design: Chandler Moss).

Malama Hawaii in Green.  Original Photo: Darren Miller, Design: Chandler Moss
Malama Hawaii in Green. Original Photo: Darren Miller, Design: Chandler Moss

The Mālama Hawai‘i shirt depicts creation stories of Hāloa and the celestial stars of Makali'i (Pleiades).

Malama Hawaii in Black
Malama Hawaii in Black

Thank you for reading about our project and for your kind donations.

~ Mahalo nui loa ~

Wai Company

Risks and challenges

We have accepted a big challenge in taking a new work to a festival overseas, and have already learned so much in rising to meet this challenge. Finances are the major piece for us - as dancers we are contributing much of our own travel and living expense, dancing for free, and this kickstarter is one very important portion of our costs. We are embracing the many risks of uncertainty that come with touring to a new place, and meeting them with our ingenuity, determination and aloha!

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    A digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and much aloha and appreciation!

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    Attend a Wai Company class for free, plus a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and much aloha and appreciation!

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    A Wai Co trucker hat, a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and much aloha and appreciation.

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    A new and fashionable Wai Co t-shirt, a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and much aloha and appreciation.

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    A new and fashionable Wai Co t-shirt, a Wai Co trucker's hat, a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and much aloha and appreciation.

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    A private modern dance or aerial class with Wailana, a Wai Co t-shirt and hat, a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and much aloha and appreciation. Shipping included.
    (If you do not live on Oahu you will receive a hat and autographed original performance photograph in place of the class.)

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    An personal invitation to a Wai Co rehearsal where the company will perform a 15 minute performance dedicated to you and some friends, a Wai Co t-shirt and hat, a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and our undying gratitude. All shipping included.
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Wai Co will hold a private performance for you and a small group of family and friends, a basket of local organic specialty foods, 2 Wai Co t-shirts and 2 hats, a lomilomi massage from Wailana (a licensed massage therapist), a digital photo of Wai Co at Edinburgh Castle, a thank you on our website's "Mahalo Wall" and our undying gratitude. All shipping included. Hats, t-shirts and produce will ship in July, performance can be from September onwards.
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