We lost a great hula treasure recently, Kumu Hula Leina`ala Kalama Heine.  Our hearts and prayers go out to her ohana, haumana and kumu.

Leina‘ala Kalama Heine and Pauline Worsham
Leina‘ala Kalama Heine and Pauline Worsham

All of us at Moanalua Gardens Foundation are saddened to hear of Leinā’ala Kalama Heine’s passing. Over its 38 year history, `Ala and Nā Pualei o Likolehua were a regular presence at the Prince Lot Hula Festival.

Her love of hula radiated from her larger than life personality and her joy in teaching our future generations of dancers and kumu hula.

One of the first five recipients of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s inaugural Malia Kau award in 2014, Ala was a natural choice because of her excellence as a teacher, cultural practitioner and community advocate.  A gifted choreographer, `Ala’s interpretations of a mele of Moanalua showed her talent in the use of expressive movements to tell a story like no other kumu hula.

Her legacy will continue in the hundreds of haumana who were fortunate to call her kumu.

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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.

Mahalo 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.


Chandra Om

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 Cook

May 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. Read more…

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