2013

2013 Festival Schedule

 8:30 am Pre-festival concert
Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club
 9:00 am Opening Procession, Royal Order of Kamehameha
Royal Order of Kamehameha
 9:15 am Opening Program and Ho‘ike, Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and Hālau o ke `A`ali‘i Kū Makani
36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival • Kama‘ipu‘upa‘a, Moanalua • 20 July 2013
Hālau O Ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kū Makani Kumu Hula Manu Boyd HŌ‘IKE Pule composed by Namakahelu KapahikauaoKamehmeha of Kamananui and a series of hula and oli representing our hula traditions.
 9:50 am Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, Nā Kumu Hula: Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine
Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, The Royal ‘Ilima Blossom, is the hālau hula (school) founded by Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977.  Named by Vicky’s Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake, it represents her graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima class, and her descent from Hawaiian royalty.  This year, the hālau celebrates its 36th anniversary and the 6th anniversary of its first `uniki class, Papa Maile, with presentations from its graduates and other members of the hālau.  Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima also celebrates its 36th year performing in the Prince Lot Hula Festival, the only hālau who has done so for 36 consecutive years
 10:15 am Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau opened its doors in 1986, in the rural town of Waimea on the Island of Hawai‘i; a second academy opened on the Island of O‘ahu in downtown Honolulu in the spring of 2002. The school is guided by the belief that the best foundation in creating something new is a thorough understanding of the past. The best environment to succeed in is one that encourages discipline, commitment and creativity. Under the tutelage of Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamāmalu Klein, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang graduated as an ‘ōlapa (dancer) in 1979 and then as Kumu hula in 1984.
 10:40 am Hālau Hula O Maiki, Kumu Hula Coline Aiu
Hawai‘i’s oldest hālau, the style of Hālau Hula O Maiki is described as “gentle, simple in grace and movement,” characteristic of hula from the island of Kaua‘i.  Kumu Hula Coline Aiu and her haumana (students) continue to follow in the footsteps of her mother and founder, Maiki Aiu Lake, for whom the hālau is namedPBS television selected Aunty Maiki as the “mother of the Hawaiian Renaissance.”  She pioneered the use of a black board to teach language, and in the early 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, encouraged research requiring her haumana to keep hula books.
 11:05 am Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po`ohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington – Hawai‘i Island
Located on Hawai‘i Island in Waimea on the slopes of Wai`aka, Hālau O Po`ohala traces its roots to the Beamer-Solomon family’s hula traditions of the mid 1860’s. Po`ohala means to pass on knowledge.  A fifth-generation practitioner, Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington was taught by her mother and mentor Tita Beamer.  The hālau performs in honor of Hulalai’s grandmother Louise Walker Beamer and mother Tita Beamer.
 11:30 am Na Pualei o Likolehua, Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Kalama Heine
Established in 1976 under the direction of Kumu Hula Leinā’ala Kalama Heine, Hālau Nā Pualei o Likolehua, is a non-profit organization dedicated to training young women in the art of hula and Hawaiian culture.  Their mission is to prepare young women to become future kumu hula, practitioners of Hawaiian culture, and to carry on the traditions surrounding hula.  Na Pualei strives to uphold the values of traditional protocol, remain actively responsible to the ‘āina, enrich spiritual balance through discipline, and empower its students through cultural education.
12 Noon  Lunch Break. Concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band
 1:00 pm Proclamation – Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Presentation of Proclamation to Moanalua Gardens
 1:10 pm Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Kumu Hula Mapuana De Silva
Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima is dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through hula. Traditional chants and dances, particularly those of the 18th and 19th centuries, are the focus of the hālau as well as modern hula grounded in the older tradition.  The hālau teaches such Hawaiian values as aloha, hō`ihi, ala hāiki, and kūlia I ka nu`u – love, respect, discipline, and commitment to excellence — through hula.  They believe that hula means little if it fails to enrich our lives and make us better people.
 1:35 pm St. Louis School Hui O Nā ‘Ōpio
Originally established in 1965 under the direction of the late kumu hula JohnKeolaLake, Saint Louis School’s Hui O Nā ‘Ōpio was formed to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language through hula by the young gentlemen of Saint Louis.  It was revived three years ago under the direction and leadership of the husband and wife team of Keli‘i and Leilani Puchalski who are also Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies teachers at the school. In May, they received top honors in both the middle and high school divisions at the 2013 Malia Craver Secondary Schools Competition earning them an invitation to perform for the first time at the Prince Lot Hula Festival.
 2:00 pm Hālau Hula Kauluokalā, Kumu Hula Uluwehi Guerrero, Maui Island
Located in Kahului, Maui, Hālau Hula Kauluokalā, educates and instills Hawaiian cultural values through language, chant and dance.   Kumu Hula Uluwehi Guerrero encourages the development of skills and knowledge as being part of a caring, respectful community, bringing awareness and sensitivity to perpetuate all things Hawaiian.  His goal is to build self-confidence with a greater understanding and connection to our ancestral ways.  With a strong educational foundation, we will ensure a secure future, and enduring pride in Hawaiian culture.
 2:25 pm Ka Hale I o Kāhala Hālau Hula, Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado, Oahu
Leimomi I Maldonado began her study of hula at the age of 8 with Maiki Aiu Lake and continued her training in later years with Elizabeth Kalama.  Based in East Honolulu, Ka Hale I o Kāhala Hālau Hula, offers classes for keiki to kūpuna.  Today, fifty of her haumana honor Douglas Damon, who lived in Kamananui Valley in the 1900’s and for whom Namakahelu composed several mele, with Oli Aloha, from Leimoni’s kumu, Elizabeth Kekauilani Kalama.  Next, they will take us to the Island of Kaua‘i as they perform a medley of mele in tribute to the Garden Island.
 2:50 pm Hālau Hula Kukunaokala, Po`o Sulu Tafaoimalo – representing Moloka‘i
Begun in 1977 by the late Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua, Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā perpetuates the tradition of hula from the island of Moloka‘i.  At the age of 14, John was taught by Ka-wāhine-kapu-hele-i-ka-po-kāne of Moloka‘i who imparted to him the mo`okuauhau (geneology) of his hula lineage dating back to 900 A.D.  For the next 36 years, the hālau has fulfilled its mission to “enlighten and educate all people about our ancestors through the early traditions of Hawaiian chant and dance of ancient Moloka‘i.” Since the passing of Kumu John in 2006, the hālau continues his legacy under the leadership of Po`o Sulu Tafaoimalo.
 3:15 pm Hālau Hula O Namakahulali, Kumu Hula Shirley Recca
   After many years as a solo dancer both here and abroad, Shirley Recca established Hālau Hula O Namakahulali  in 1993.  She began her hula studies with Puanani Alama as a child, perrforming her first ho‘ike with Aunty Genoa Keawe.  The hālau has performed in many venues over the years and always looks forward to the sharing of hula during this special time and in this very special place.  Today, they will take you on a Huaka`i O Kamananui…a journey to Kamananui Valley, which, in ancient times, was a center for hula and chant.  The hālau will perform an original ho‘ike recounting the mo‘olelo of this sacred valley, and other places, through hula.   
 3:40 pm  Hālau Na Mamo O Pu`uanahulu, Kumu Hula Sonny Ching
   One of the largest hālau in Hawai‘i, Hālau Nā Mamo O Pu`uanahulu’s repertoire is quite extensive.  It includes many of the Pele chants seldom performed today, as well as many chants and dances for past Ali‘i from pre-western contact to the last ruling Kalākaua dynasty.  Kumu Ching also has students in La Paz, Mexico as well as over 300 students in Japan.  His collection of sterling silver Hawaiian-themed jewelry is available at our craft fair.  We invite you to stop by his booth. 
 4:00 pm  Pau
  Note:  Times are approximate and subject to change

2013 Prince Lot Hula Festival

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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

If you missed the earlier broadcasts you can watch the 2013 Prince Lot Hula Festival, Parts 1, 2 and 3 on ‘ŌleloNet video-on-demand channel.  Simply click on the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander box and select from the program list shown.

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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 www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org  or call 808.839.5334.

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“Huaka`i  o Kamananui”

The 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

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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 www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org  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 www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org .

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