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Huaka`i o Kamananui, the 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival program to air on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53 September 28 through October 4

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Ten Thousand Attend the 36th Annual
Prince Lot Hula Festival
Held Saturday, July 20th 

     Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) has announced that“Huaka`i o Kamananui… A Journey to KamananuiValley,” the 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, drew an estimated 10,000 persons during the daylong event held on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawai‘i, the festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who helped to revive the hula by staging pā`ina (parties) at his summer home in Moanalua, now located at the gardens.

“The festival would not have been possible without support from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the City and County of Honolulu and the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs,” said Alika Jamile, Executive Director and President of MGF, presenter of the festival.

“Thanks to our many sponsors and donors, the festival continues to surpass our expectations and each year increases in both popularity and prominence as our residents and visitors discover the beauty of hula performed in spectacular Moanalua Gardens,” stated Jamile. “It is heartwarming to see so many people enjoy a truly unique cultural experience like no other in Hawai`i,” he continued.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MGF relies on grants and donations to produce the festival which is free and open to the public.  Other major festival sponsors and supporters include the National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Kamehameha Schools/Kamehameha Publishing, Capital One 360, Hawaiian Airlines, `Ōlelo Community Media, Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Kaimana Ventures LLC, Hawai`i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O`ahu Visitors Bureau, Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, Leonard’s Bakery, Matson Navigation, Pasha Hawai`i Transport Lines, R.M. Towill Foundation, Servco Foundation, The Queen`s Medical Center and other businesses, sponsors and donors.

Opening ceremonies featured a special hoike created by Kumu Hula Manu Boyd to honor Namakahelu Maka`ena, the last chantress of KamananuiValley, as well as mele honoring hula deities, revered ali`i and beloved places from throughout Hawai`i.

Other festival highlights included interactive poi pounding workshops, cultural demonstrations by noted practitioners, handcrafters fair, a morning concert by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club and a noon concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Founded in 1978, the Prince Lot Hula Festival has been designated a signature cultural event by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA).  The festival’s goal is to preserve and perpetuate the culture, language and hula traditions of Hawai‘i.

Established in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the precious cultural and natural resources of our islands through education, celebration and stewardship of KamananuiValley and MoanaluaGardens.

For more information about MGF or to become a member, please visit MGF’s website at  or call 808.839.5334.


“Huaka`i  o Kamananui”

The 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) will present Huaka`i o Kamananui…A Journey Into Kamananui, “ the 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, at spectacular Moanalua Gardens on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i, the festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua.2011_Yellow_Girls_HalauAn  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.2011_Vendors“Our  theme reflects MGF’s journey through the years to perpetuate the oli (chants)  of Kamananui (Moanalua) through performance at the festival,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President.  “It also represents the journey each hālau hula  (hula school) takes to travel to the festival and perform these ancient oli for  the public,” Jamile stated.The  exhibition will feature both hula kāhiko  (ancient) hula and chant, and ‘auana (modern) hula.  Dancers will perform on an authentic pā hula (hula mound).   A special opening ceremony will showcase some  of Hawai‘i’s top hālau hula who will present a ho‘ike (show) that will be  performed for the first time ever at the festival.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 $5 button donation to MGF is  requested to raise funds to support the event.image-003 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.2011_Red_HalauFestival  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, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Mayor’s Office of Culture  and the Arts, Aloha Pacific Credit Union, Hawaiian Airlines, Kamehameha Schools,  Servco Foundation, the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, the O‘ahu  Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, and other businesses.2011_AudienceNamed  in memory of King Kamehameha V, Prince Lot, the festival was founded in 1978 by  MGF and now attracts up to 10,000 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.2011_ROOKParticipating  hālau and a festival performance  schedule will be announced at a later date.   For more information about MGF, please visit MGF’s website at  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 .

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