“Hā: Breath of Life” (‘breath of life’ is what ‘Hā’ means in Hawaiian) began its début as the new night show at the Polynesian Cultural Center. With a production cost of $3 million and a development timeline of 3 years, this new 90 minute show will now be the major nightly feature at the center.
The storyline follows something quite similar to every individual person’s story throughout the world. Told through the life of a Polynesian man named Mana, the story follows this young man as he is born out of the turmoil of a capsized canoe, washed upon the shores of life to find his own way. He and his parents find refuge in Tonga and learn the importance of community. Little Mana celebrates his early years of life in Hawai‘i with the customary birthday lū‘au marking his survival in the world. We next see Mana as a young boy in Aotearoa, or Maori New Zealand, where he is growing and becoming a young man. As he comes upon a beautiful maiden named Lani in Samoa, he learns about falling in love and earning the acceptance of her family. With love comes marriage and soon Mana and Lani are taking their vows in the romantic setting of Tahiti. War touches their lives in Fiji and Mana is saddened by the death of his father. The story begins again with the celebration of life as Mana and Lani welcome their new baby into the world again looking to find its way throughout the world.
The show has more than 100 performers, many of whom are students at neighboring Brigham Young University Hawai‘i and come from the cultures they represent. The show is presented in the 2,675-seat Pacific Theater at the Polynesian Cultural Center and utilizes DL3 Digital Moving Light Projectors, Color Burst and Color Blast light fixtures, L-Acoustics speaker arrays, L-Acoustics wireless lavalieres, Surround sound, Kabuki Quick Release System while featuring 3 volcanoes, Waterfalls, Water spray and Giant water fountains.
Tickets for this new show can be purchased through Turtle Bay Resort’s Concierge.