Moanalua Gardens Foundation to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at ‘Iolani Palace
Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) has announced that Laukanaka Ka Hula…Throngs of Hula People Gather, the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival, will take place this year at ‘Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is the largest non-competitive hula event in Hawai‘i and honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872 and helped reprise hula.
“We are honored to be celebrating our 40th anniversary on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace, where our ali‘i, including Prince Lot, maintained their official residences,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President.
“We can’t think of a better place than ‘Iolani Palace to showcase two days of great hula performed by some of Hawaii’s premier hālau hula,” Jamile continued. “We invite the entire community to join us for this first ever celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at ‘Iolani Palace.”
“We’re pleased to welcome this signature cultural event to the Palace,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director of Iolani Palace.” Hula has always been an integral part of the Palace’s history and the festival will celebrate this time-honored legacy.”
Founded in 1978 by MGF as a gift to the community, the festival now attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year. Opening ceremonies will include the Royal Order of Kamehameha and presentation of MGF’s Kukui o Lota Award followed by a line-up of premier hālau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kāhiko (ancient) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula.
This year MGF will honor noted chanter Cy Bridges with its inaugural Namakahelu Oli Award. MGF’s highest honor given only once every five years, the Kukui o Lota Award, will go to three outstanding individuals for their service to our community, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Charles M. Cooke, IV, and Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine. Leimomi I Maldonado and her brother Milton I will receive MGF’s fourth annual Malia Kau Award given solely to Kumu Hula who have advanced our hula traditions and supported the Prince Lot Hula Festival.
A craft fair and cultural demonstrations will be part of the festivities. Local food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There is no charge to attend the festival. No commercial photography is allowed.
Festival sponsors and supporters include the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the City and County of Honolulu and Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, Matson Navigation, Hawaiian Airlines, Pasha Hawai‘i, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, Urgent Care Hawai‘i and others.
Participating hālau and a festival performance schedule will be announced at a later date. Please visit MGF’s website at www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org or call 808.839.5334 for more information.
A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture and environment of Hawai‘i through education and stewardship of Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival. MGF depends upon grants and donations to cover festival costs. To make a donation or become a member please visit www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org .
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39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens Will Feature Twenty Hālau Hula, Appearances by Kuana Torres Kahele and Raiatea Helm and Special Tribute to Malia Kau Award Recipients
Mo`olelo O Moanalua…Stories of Moanalua, the 39th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival taking place on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will showcase twenty of Hawai`i’s finest hālau hula (hula groups) over the festival weekend. A performance line-up is attached.
The largest non-competitive hula exhibition 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. It is presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Hawaii’s native culture and natural resources.
Festival highlights include a stunning ho`ike (program) honoring 2016 Malia Kau Award recipients Kumu Hula Coline Aiu and Kimo Keaulana on Saturday at 9:15 am.
Also, Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning vocalists Kuana Torres Kahele and Raiatea Helm will be participating as special guests. Kuana will be signing CDs and his Make Lei DVDs, and will preview his Kuana elegant culture line of Ni`ihau shells and 14k gold jewelry. He will be at The Mountain Apple Company booth beginning at 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday.
Raiatea will headline the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 17 at 10 am and will sign her CDs, including her newest release He Leo Huali, at the booth following her concert.
Other highlights include noon concerts by the Royal Hawaiian Band on both Saturday and Sunday, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair featuring over 35 local crafters, demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts by noted cultural practitioners, including lauhala weaving, kapa making, ipu making, feather lei making, ukulele making and more.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is sponsoring poi pounding demonstrations with sampling from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday and Ulu Maika, a rock rolling sport similar to lawn bowling, on
Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Food vendors will offer a variety of mouth-watering local specialties featuring Hawaiian plates, shave ice, poi mochi and other island favorites.
“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.
“This year’s celebration promises to be one of our best ever and we invite the entire community and our visitors to join us for this free uniquely Hawaiian event,” he stated.
There is no charge to attend the festival, however, a button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event.
Limited edition tee shirts and a souvenir poster will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.
The public, and visitors, are welcome to bring their low beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities under the shady monkeypod trees of Moanalua Gardens. No commercial photography is allowed.
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 legendary structures and rare trees, including the famous “Hitachi” tree.
Festival sponsors and supporters include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, Hawaiian Airlines, The Queen’s Medical Center, Matson Navigation, Royal Hawaiian Center, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, Pasha Hawaii, Solar City and others.
Named in memory of Prince Lot, who later reigned as King Kamehameha V, the festival was founded in 1977 by MGF and now attracts up to 15,000 residents and visitors each year. Moanalua was a favorite recreation spot for Prince Lot, who helped revive the hula at his gatherings in the district of Moanalua. His summer cottage can be found on the gardens’ grounds.
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A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture and environment 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 http://www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org.
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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
Annual events offer unique experiences, share Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are unlike anywhere in the world. While our sun, sand and surf have made us a world-renowned dream destination, Hawaii is also a dynamic and vibrant place to live and visit. From relaxing on the world’s best beaches and dining at acclaimed restaurants to seeing movie stars at film festivals or top athletes at premier sporting events, where else would an isolated destination have access to so many world-class events and experiences?
As the fourth busiest international gateway into the U.S., the Hawaiian Islands welcomed a record 8.28 million visitors in 2014, who generated $14.7 billion in expenditures and $1.6 billion in state tax revenue.
To maintain this success, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, works with businesses, non-profit and community organizations to foster and cultivate programs and projects that provide residents and visitors with a variety of unique experiences and offerings that benefit our communities and grow our economy.
Hawaii has a colorful and distinct local culture that blends our Native Hawaiian and multi-ethnic heritage. We recognize a variety of special events from honoring King Kamehameha or perpetuating hula at the Merrie Monarch Festival, to celebrating Chinese New Year, the Filipino Fiesta or Japanese obon. Our collective and inclusive customs are great visitor experiences, which allow us to share and continue long-time traditions that enrich our communities.
This year, the HTA is supporting 181 Signature Events and Product Enrichment Programs statewide, which help to sustain Hawaii’s natural resources, and cultivate, preserve and promote old and new traditions that honor our cultural diversity and differentiate our destination.
The HTA’s Signature Events program promotes some of the state’s most highly anticipated events including the HTA’s Major Festivals like the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu Festival, Koloa Plantation Days Festival, Maui Film Festival, Pan Pacific Festival and Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
As part of this program, HTA is also the major sponsor of five Signature Native Hawaiian Festivals, including the Prince Kuhio Celebration, Merrie Monarch Festival, King Kamehameha Celebration, Prince Lot Hula Festival and Aloha Festivals.
The HTA also supports 15 select Signature Sporting Events like the Sony Open in Hawaii on Oahu, XTERRA World Championship on Maui, Ironman World Championship on Hawaii Island and the Kauai Marathon. Last year, these world-class events generated over $200 million in broadcast ad value, more than $100 million in direct visitor spending and charitable donations for the state. They also diversify our visitor and resident experiences, and enhance Hawaii’s presence as a premier sports destination.
Every year, HTA partners with our counties and the Hawaii Community Foundation to support our CPEP programs. The 91 HTA CPEP programs this year encompass arts, music, food and cultural festivals, and sports and wellness events throughout the state, like the upcoming Hawaii Island Puna Music Festival, Oahu’s We are Samoa Festival, Maui’s 23rd Celebration of the Arts and Kauai’s May Day by the Bay.
While tourism is the lead economic driver in Hawaii, the key to our success is our host culture and people. Programs that highlight our diverse history, culture and landscape attract visitors back to the Hawaiian Islands, stimulate our tourism economy, sustain jobs, and create volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.
We, the tourism industry and community, must continue to work together to foster these types of programs, which create new and authentic experiences, enhance our lifestyles, engage and connect our communities, sustain our resources and perpetuate and educate our youth and others about what makes Hawaii so special, so that we may strengthen our identity as a destination and a state.