Mo`olelo O Moanalua…Stories of Moanalua, the 39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival will be continued over two days this year — Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — announced Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival’s presenter. The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawai‘i, the festival is held at spectacular Moanalua Gardens each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua.
An historic and cultural treasure, Moanalua Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in Honolulu on the island of O`ahu. Once a botanical garden, it is home to famous structures and rare trees, including the famous “Hitachi” tree.
“We are very pleased to see how much the festival is enjoyed by both kama`āina and malihini,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President.
“With encouragement from kumu hula and supporters, we will continue our new tradition started last year of two days of great hula to include dancers from out-of-state branches of Hawaii-based hālau. We will have some new activities this year which we will announce at a later date,” he stated.
Opening the 2016 festival will be an impressive line-up of premier hālau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kāhiko (ancient) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pā hula (hula mounds) in Hawai`i.
Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Limited edition tee shirts and a souvenir button will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.
There is no charge to attend the festival, however, a button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event.
The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities under the shady monkeypod trees of Moanalua Gardens. No commercial photography is allowed.
Festival sponsors and supporters include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines, Servco and RM Towill Foundations, Pasha Hawai‘i, Matson Navigation, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media and others.
Named in memory of Prince Lot, who later reigned as King Kamehameha V, the festival was founded in 1978 by MGF and now attracts up to 20,000 residents and visitors each year. Moanalua was a favorite recreation spot for Prince Lot, who is credited with reviving the hula in the district of Moanalua.
His summer cottage can be found on the gardens’ grounds.
Participating hālau and a festival performance schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information about MGF, please send us a message by Clicking Here or call 808.839.5334.
A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture, environment, and people of Hawai’i through education, celebration and stewardship of Kamananui Valley and Moanalua Gardens. MGF depends upon grants and donations to cover festival costs. To make a donation or become a member please visit please see our Join Now section on the right column.
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2016 Prince Lot Hula Festival
Mo`olelo O Moanalua…the stories of MoanaluaMoanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is pleased to announce that Mo`olelo O Moanalua…the stories of Moanalua will be the theme for this year’s 39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival. In ancient times, a center of hula and chanting, Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley was a revered place for Hawaiians. Many mele (songs) and oli (chants) originated in the valley.
Join us as we share some of these special stories with you on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 at spectacular Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu.
Mahalos from 2015 Prince Lot Hula Festival participants
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