Twenty Four Thousand Attend the
38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
Held Saturday, July 18 and Sunday,
July 19, 2015 at Moanalua Gardens
Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) has announced that “Moanalua, He Wahi Pana…Moanalua, A Sacred Place,” the 38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, drew an estimated 24,000 persons during the expanded two-day event held on Saturday, July 18 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm. Attendance on Saturday was estimated to be 13,000 persons while an estimated 11,000 people attended on Sunday.
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 National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and our sponsors and donors” 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 was especially heartwarming this year to see so many people turn out as we honored two outstanding kumu hula with MGF’s Malia Kau Award,” 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 Kamehameha Schools/Kamehameha Publishing, The Queen’s Medical Center, Matson Navigation, Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaiian Airlines, `Ōlelo Community Media, Kaimana Ventures LLC, Hawai`i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O`ahu Visitors Bureau, Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, Leonard’s Bakery, Servco Foundation, and other businesses, sponsors and donors.
Mahalos from 2015 Prince Lot Hula Festival participants
Kumu Hula Kapua Francisco
I want to mahalo all of you for inviting us to perform at the Prince Lot Hula Festival. It was truly an honor and privilege to be able to share our hula and mo’olelo with everyone. We are very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an amazing event.
Mahalo a nui loa!
Kumu Hula Noelani Tachera
Wanted to send our warm MAHALO for allowing us to give this year at Prince Lot! It was quite an overwhelming experience for all of us. …we are ever grateful for the participation. Mahalo lehulehu!
Ho`opa Elsie Ryder
You have always done a great job! …nice addition having Sunday.
Many Mahalos. The Festival is like a dream you wish to last forever…
Waimakanui, James & Yuko Cortes (Crafter)
We had a great time at the Prince lot Hula festival. Thank you so much for including us in the event. We enjoyed the Hawaiian music, hula, and met many new wonderful people.
Thank you so much.
Gwendolyn Riggs CookMay I say congratulations on an amazing weekend at the Prince Lot Hula Festival 2015.
Having attended this event for over two decades I am astonished by the continued growth and professionalism of the event.
How can it not touch the heart of the public when you honor the lifetime work of Kumu Joan S. Lindsey and Kumu Ed Collier! We received a gracious welcome to the beauty of Moanalua Gardens including a serenade by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club. You continue to educate us on the Hawaiian culture through the absolute joy of hula. How I enjoyed the beauty and variety of styles of the halau including the island of Molokai.
The good organization of a large event is never easy and it takes tremendous work. I appreciated the wide variety of artisans, cultural practitioners, food and the volunteers who assisted us.
While sitting in the audience I visited with people from Kauai and Hawaii who flew in for the festival. There were visitors from Asia, Europe and the mainland. The Prince Lot Hula Festival gave us memories to treasure, and a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian people and their culture.
You and your team have created a world class event!