2020 Prince Lot Hula Festival Announcement

Moanalua Gardens Foundation Announces Theme for 
43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace
Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2020

     “I Ulu Nō Ka Lālā I Ke Kumu,” Youth blossoms from a strong foundation, is the theme of the 43rd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, which will take place at historic Iolani Palace in 2020 on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., announced Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival’s presenter. The largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i, the festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who helped reprise hula in Moanalua and reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872.

     “Our 2020 festival theme focuses on our youth who, through the dedicated efforts of their kumu (teachers), will carry on our hula traditions,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President. “They are our bridge from the past to the future. Our Malia Kau and Namakahelu Oli awardees will be announced at a later date” he stated.

    The festival returns for the fourth year to Iolani Palace to celebrate two days of hula where Hawai’i’s ali’i, including Prince Lot, lived and ruled. Admission to the festival is free, however, purchase of a $5 kōkua button is requested. Over the festival weekend only, the public can view the first floor and basement galleries of the Palace free of charge.

     Founded in 1978 by MGF as a gift to the community, the festival now attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year. Opening ceremonies on Saturday will include the Royal Order of Kamehameha, presentation of MGF’s Malia Kau Award to a renown Kumu Hula (hula teacher), followed by an impressive line-up of premier hālau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kāhiko (ancient) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula on a regal stage fronting the Palace.

     On Sunday, MGF will honor a respected chanter with its Namakahelu Oli Award as part of the opening program. The event will also feature a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and more.

     Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Limited edition tee shirts and souvenir kōkua buttons will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover festival costs.

     The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their low beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities in the magnificent setting of Iolani Palace. No commercial photography is allowed.

     Participating hālau hula and a festival performance schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information, please 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 of Hawai’i through stewardship of Kamananui Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace. MGF depends upon grants and donations to cover festival costs. To make a donation or become a member please click here: www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org/donate

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