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Hōkioi me te Vwōhali - From Spirit Eagles Land

Presented by Exhale Dance Tribe and Cincinnati Arts Association at Jarson-Kaplan Theater Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati OH

Nov 17 - 18 2023
Hōkioi me te Vwōhali - From Spirit Eagles Land

Photo provided by Exhale Dance Tribe & Ōkāreka Dance Company

Regarding the genealogy of the Hōkioi (Haast Eagle, Māori, New Zealand) & the Vwōhali (Golden Eagle, Cherokee, USA), this piece brings together two nations & dance companies from across the world, to celebrate these eagles.

A collaborative project between Exhale Dance Tribe and the Ōkāreka Dance Company of New Zealand, Hōkioi me te Vwōhali – From Spirit Eagles Land has been six years in the making. Referencing the whakapapa (genealogy) between the Hōkioi (Haast Eagle – Māori, New Zealand, ext. 1400) and the Vwōhali (Golden Eagle, Cherokee, USA), this production brings together two peoples, two nations, two countries, and two dance companies from either sides of the world, to celebrate the lives of these illustrious eagles.

The Hōkioi and the Vwōhali are revered by both their native cultures, the Māori (New Zealand) and the Duyuktv People (Cherokee), respectively, as the “Messengers to the Heavens,” and therefore it is with pride that this production honors them. Hōkioi, the “Tuakana” (older sibling) that dominated the skies of Aotearoa (New Zealand), and the Vwōhali, the \”Teina\” (younger sibling) that lives in the USA, are brought to life through stories, myths, and legends infused with waiata (song), karakia (incantations), and haka (dance) from both cultures, uplifting traditions of storytelling through the modern technology of today’s society – bringing the old and the new into the future.

This production premiered in March 2020 at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, and Exhale and Ōkāreka are excited to finally bring it home to Cincinnati audiences.


Tickets start at $35.00 per ticket and there are $30.00 tickets available as a student/senior citizen discount, with proper identification. The performances will be held in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater of the Aronoff Center for the Arts, located at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Tickets can be purchased online at, via phone by calling (513) 621-2787, or by coming in-person to the Ticket Office at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

Contact: (513) 621-2787


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Additional time info:

The doors to the Jarson-Kaplan Theater will open to begin seating at 7:40pm and the performance itself will begin promptly at 8:00pm

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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The Aronoff Center for the Arts is situated in the urban core of downtown Cincinnati. With more than 6,000 parking spaces within a two-block radius, there are a variety of parking options for guests attending performances at the Aronoff Center.

Independently operated valet parking is offered for most evening performances at establishments adjacent to the Aronoff Center on Sixth, Walnut, and Seventh Streets

Please note that the Aronoff Center does not own or manage the parking facilities listed below. Parking rates are subject to change and are posted at each lot.

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