Welcome to The Birth of Tiki! Our Mission Statement
“Birth of Tiki” is a fully black light body painted magical and mythological dance and theater show written by myself, Rachel Deboer. It’s an interpretation of the possible relationship one Ancient Hawaiian carver or Kahuna Kalai has with the four major Akua or gods in the Hawaiian sacred mythology: Kane, Ku, Kanaloa, and Lono as well as with Pele, Haumea, and Kahaloapuna (the Rainbow Maiden)
This show is based on my extensive research from many different sources, written and personal, from the Hawaiian culture. The search for depth, spiritual meaning and cultural recovery of ancient Hawaii’s ways, which was almost exterminated, is never-ending. “Birth of Tiki” is an attempt to recapture the energy of those ancient ways with full sacred respect and knowledge of what came before.
This show is not meant to be all inclusive of every fact, meaning or ritual that may have been lost over the ages. No piece of art can capture the past in its entirety. I crafted this mythological interpretation with my own flair for the theatrical and unique perspective and search for spirituality in everyday life. I come to the writing of this show with extreme humbleness and openness to Hawaiian experts’ advice, information and corrections. Hawaii called to me over 8 years ago and I love her with every thread of my being. Aloha is in my heart and soul.
I am sensitive to the fact that being a non-Hawaiian genetically may put me at a disadvantage in some people’s minds to truly being able to present a piece of sacred art back to the host culture. I have had an influx of positive reactions from Kahunas, teachers, Hawaiian entertainers, tiki carvers, and various other local community members. One Hawaiian man did ask me “Who are you to do such a thing…?”
I answered, “I am a human being with the belief that all human beings are connected by energy and intention, and my intention is to extend people’s knowledge and respect for the Hawaiian culture through performance and visual arts. My intention is good.”
I realized, “Who am I not to…?”
I truly hope that we all grow as human beings in learning about our host culture here in Hawaii, and this show is meant as a beautiful offering to that culture. It is a show of our respect through artistic creation and an attempt to go beyond the modern stereotypes of Hawaii and dive down deep.
This show has the potential to be a very exciting and unique addition to already existing Hawaiian style showcases but with more of a surrealistic cirque style to it as well as a truly in depth spiritual feeling to it. My hope and dream is to, through modern day theatrical skills and the power of black light body painting, present a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian culture to not just the local community but also capture even a glimpse or small essence of its power and beauty for the visitor to take away with them beyond what has been offered before.
We are combining the ancient mythology of Hawaiian gods with the modern visual delight of black light into a mythical and magical presentation that will world debut at Source “Soulution” 2010.