Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker

Haili‘ōpua is a director, playwright, and theatre educator from Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i.

Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. As a Director/Playwright/Theatre Educator/Scholar, her work centers on the development of an indigenous Hawaiian theatre aesthetic and form, language revitalization, and the empowerment of cultural identity through stage performance. Baker is the Artistic Director of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe based on O‘ahu. Originally from Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i she now resides in Kahalu‘u, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu with her ‘ohana.

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I Ola ka Mo‘olelo
Essay

I Ola ka Mo‘olelo

Perpetuating Our Stories Through Hawaiian Medium Theatre

3 March 2019

Playwright and director Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker talks about the history, practice, and importance of hana keaka—Hawaiian medium theatre.

The Foundation and Rise of Hawaiian Theatre
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Series

The Foundation and Rise of Hawaiian Theatre

Eia Hawai‘inuiākea

Kanaka Maoli theatre artists are grounded in our homeland, our language, and the stories, beliefs and ways of our ancestors.