Moanalua Gardens Foundation


Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s

Virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival Will Premiere

Thursday, October 28 from 7 to 9 pm on KHON2

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is proud to announce the premiere of the virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival on Thursday, October 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2.  The two-hour program, presented in part by Kamehameha Schools and Central Pacific Bank, will also be live streamed on https://www.khon2.com/prince-lot-hula-festival/ and KHON’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/KHONNewsHawaii. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday, October 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. on KHII; on Thursday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2; and Sunday, November 7 from 5 to 7 pm on CW.

     This year’s virtual festival, produced by Moanalua Gardens Foundation, was filmed at historic Hānaiakamalama (Queen Emma Summer Palace) and features nine hālau hula in an inspiring program of hula with messages of aloha from each kumu.  Highlights will include a solo performance of Ku’u Pua I Paoakalani by Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine with Robert Uluwehi Cazimero providing musical accompaniment for Kumu Takamine and Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang’s Hālau Hula Ka Noe’au.  Founded in 1978, the festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who helped reprise hula in Moanalua and reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872.

     “While we cannot safely gather together in person during the pandemic, we wanted to bring our program of hula with aloha to the families and kūpuna here in Hawai’i and beyond our shores so they can watch it in the security of their homes,” said Alika Jamile, Executive Director and President of Moanalua Gardens Foundation.

     The program will showcase a mixture of both kahiko and ‘auana dances with hālau performing at various locations at the Queen Emma Summer Palace in compliance with State and County COVID-19 guidelines.

     “At Kamehameha Schools, we believe in the importance of celebrating our culture to inspire our keiki, help them learn from the wisdom passed down through generations and strengthen the foundation of their identity as Native Hawaiians,” said Lauren Nahme, Kamehameha Schools Vice President of Strategy and Transformation.

      “Throughout the pandemic, Central Pacific Bank has been proud to help events like the Prince Lot Hula Festival adopt digital technology to showcase hula to the world. Our sponsorship, in partnership with Kamehameha Schools, will help Moanalua Gardens Foundation evolve in a digital-first world and reach new audiences,” explained Brandt Farias, Central Pacific Bank Senior Vice President of Marketing.

     Veteran producer and senior media producer of the Merrie Monarch Festival for 27 years, David Kalama of Kalama Productions is producing the show presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation.

     The show will feature special performances by MGF’s Malia Kau Award recipient Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey and Ka Pā Nani ‘O Lilinoe and Namakahelu Oli Award recipient Master Chanter Manu Boyd.

     The virtual festival will premiere on Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Facebook site on Monday, November 15 and on their YouTube channel with additional vignettes on Saturday, December 11.  Links are shown below.

     “We are deeply grateful to our loyal sponsors who are helping to make this broadcast possible,” said Jamile.  They include Presenting Sponsors Kamehameha Schools and Central Pacific Bank, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, The Queen’s Health Systems, Hawaiian Airlines, PA’I Foundation, Matson Navigation, Alexander and Baldwin, Hawaiian Electric, and PASHA Hawaii.


Rebroadcast dates:

KHII                Sunday, October 31            8 to 10 pm

KHON            Thursday, November 4       7 to 9 pm

CW                 Sunday, November 7          5 to 7 pm



Our History

Founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) has served as a vital link in preserving and protecting the environmental and cultural resources of Hawai‘i. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, our mission is

To preserve and perpetuate the history, native culture and environment of Hawai’i through education and stewardship of Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley and celebration of the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

For the past four decades, MGF has pioneered programs which help people understand and appreciate the unique environmental and cultural resources of our islands. This knowledge is essential to developing informed stewards who will protect and preserve our fragile and vulnerable ‘āina.

In recent years, MGF has focused on educational and stewardship activities for Kamananui Valley.  This year, we launched our new Mālama Kamamanui Environmental Education Program which includes experiential learning activities for all grade levels and began work on a comprehensive Management Plan for  the protection, preservation and management of Kamananui Valley.

Prince Lot Hula Festival

Since 1978 on the third weekend in July, the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival has brought together premier hālau hula (hula groups) from throughout the islands for a daylong celebration of hula in a non-competitive setting.  One of Hawai‘i’s most exciting cultural events, the festival allows thousands of island residents and visitors to experience the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian culture.

While we cannot gather in-person at a live event this year due to the pandemic, our festival will continue in a virtual format again this year.  Please join Moanalua Gardens Foundation on Thursday, October 28, 2021 for the premiere broadcast of the 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival featuring a special two-hour program on KHON2.  Stay tuned for the broadcast time and more details as they become available.

Our theme this year is E Huli Alo I Ka Ulu Lā. Ua Ao Ē. With the rising of the sun, a new day dawns. 

The 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival: Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7-9 pm on KHON2.

Rebroadcast dates:

KHII                Sunday, October 31            8 to 10 pm

KHON            Thursday, November 4       7 to 9 pm

CW                 Sunday, November 7          5 to 7 pm


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Since 1970 years, MGF has offered award-winning educational programs, celebrations and services to Hawai‘i’s people. No other organization is so deeply dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history, native culture and environment of Hawai‘i, Kamananui Valley and our people.  As a non-profit organization, we depend heavily upon our supporters, sponsors, donors, and volunteers.

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