Reviews & Interviews

Here are top picks from among the radio interviews and print articles about The Natives Are Restless:

  • San Francisco magazine’s Fall Arts lineup (September 2016) highlights both the show and the book;
  • The Atlantic’s “Big Question for October 2016 is, “What concept most needs a word in the English language?” Connie Hale answers, with a meditation on the Hawaiian word pono;
  • Mina Kim, of KQED-Forum, talks with Kumu Patrick Makuakāne and Connie Hale in a segment titled “Not Your Grandma’s Hula: New Book Looks at the Evolution of Hawaiian Dance”;
  • In “Books by the Bay,” Georgia Rowe of The Mercury News lists important October releases;
  • describes “The Natives Are Restless” and adds a gallery of photos;
  • KALW’s David Latulippe, host of “Open Air,” asks Connie Hale why she wrote a coffee-table book, why she picked the work of Kumu Patrick Makuakāne, and what audiences might look for in the show at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater;
  • The San Francisco Chronicle runs a story with a beautiful layout in “Hawaii Insider”;
  • The Jefferson Exchange (NPR) features an in-depth podcast (“Hula with Some 21st Century Moves Thrown In”) as well as a YouTube link so that you can see the magic of hula mua;
  • On ArtZANY! / Radio for the Imagination in Northfield, Minnesota, host Paula Granquist digs into the Hawaiian poetry beneath and behind much of hula dancing, with Constance Hale;
  • The San Francisco Chronicle returns to the subject of the book with “Redefining Hawaii’s Hula Tradition for the Mainland“—and to what makes Kumu Patrick an edgy choreographer who is keenly aware of his kuleana;
  • Joe Donahue, of WAMC’s “The Roundtable,” is a terrific interviewer. The show is broadcast across New York and New England.
  • This Princeton Alumni Weekly interview covers hula, Hawaiian history, and the “the power and politics of the dance form”;
  • Host Marco Werman, of PRI’s The World, talks to Constance Hale about how a new generation is respecting Hawaiian history while dancing into the future, and finding through hula a political voice;
  • Ethnomusicologist Amy K. Stillman, of the University of Michigan, endorses Natives on her blog;
  • Dance Studio Life magazine excerpts Natives in January 2017. “Language of the Heart” is accompanied by Constance Hale’s essay on the traditional Hawaiian way of teaching;
  • In “Taking Hula From Ancient Tradition to 21st Century Art,” Faiza Elmasry brings the story of Nā Lei Hulu to the globe, with text, still images, and video. It went live on Voice of America News on July 10, 2017.