2015 – Post Festival Press Release
Twenty Four Thousand Attend the
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.