2014 Festival Activities



The Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club
Founded in 1954 by the graduates of Kamehameha School for Boys, the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club is being revitalized under the direction of Aaron Mahi, former Band Master of the Royal Hawaiian Band. The glee club preserves the Hawaiian choral musical traditions of the Kamehameha Schools begun in 1891 when noted composer Charles E. King was a student. The group has sung with the Honolulu Symphony and on the Neighbor Islands. For information, please call Mel Soong at (808) 542-7869.

The glee club will perform Aloha Moanalua, a special mele (song) composed by Mahi to honor the wahi pana (sacred place) of Moanalua. 8:30 to 9 am, Pā hula.

Royal Order of Kamehameha I
Lot Kapuaiwa, His Majesty King Kamehameha V, created the Royal Order of Kamehameha I on April 11, 1865 to honor his grandfather Kamehameha I for his leadership, skill, passion for his people, and to defend the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.

After the overthrow of Her Majesty Queen Lili‘uokalani, the Provisional government declared the Royal Order of Kamehameha I a threat. The Order went underground until 1903 when His Royal Highness Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaole led a torchlight ceremony around the statue of Kamehameha I and declared in public the restoration of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, announced the reorganization of the Hawaiian Royal Societies, and created the Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

Today, Chiefs from Hawai‘i Chapters 1 and 8 pay homage to Lot Kupuaiwa as their founder and Ali‘i in a special tribute.  9 am, Pā hula.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Learn about the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ new intiatives. Representatives will be on-hand to answer your questions and update you on the latest OHA programs. Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is proud to welcome OHA back as a major festival sponsor. Mahalo a nui loa!

Hawaiian Host
Enjoy free samples of Hawaiian Host’s AlohaMacs Milk Chocolate Covered Macadamias and their NEW Coconut Caramacs, while supplies last. Pick up free Coconut Caramac coupons and play a game to win such logo items as fans, lip balm and car sun shades.Across from the Lo`i patch.

Save on Books, DVDs and Games from Kamehameha Publishing
Visit the Kamehameha Publishing booth for fun and savings on some of your favorite Hawaiian books, DVDs and games! Great discounts, a chance to spin the prize wheel, keiki coloring activity and more. E hele mai! Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

Learn more about on-line banking from Capital One 360
Learn about the world of money…how to earn, spend, save and invest it wisely. Find out how their quick, convenient and safe on-line services can help you save, invest and plan for your future. Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

The Queen’s Medical Center is here with wellness tips
Come meet the staff from The Queen’s Medical Center, here to help you with free health screenings and wellness tips. Find out how you can improve your health. Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

‘Ōlelo Community Television
Ōlelo Community Media is proud to be here videotaping this year’s Prince Lot Hula Festival.  Please stop by the ‘Ōlelo booth to learn more about how you can get involved with creating your own program for airing on ‘Ōlelo’s television channels 49, 53, 54 and 55.  Because when our voices thrive, so do our communities! Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

Meet our Representatives from Partners in Development
Members from Partners in Development, a consortium of organizations to benefit Native Hawaiian families and keiki, are here to tell you all about “Tūtū and Me,” a program to promote Hawaiian and English language and literacy development. Come visit their booth and learn about their new books and CDs used successfully in their traveling pre-school. Near handcrafters fair area.

Prince Lot Hula Festival T-shirts, Posters, Programs and Buttons
Stop by the Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) tent to purchase your 2014 Prince Lot Hula Festival t-shirt.  Designed by Hawaiian artist Shannon Weaver, MGF’s festival tee is available in sizes small to triple extra large.  A women’s style is also available. The stunning design depicts a dancer paying homage to the majesty of Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley. Price: $20 each. Tees from previous years are $5 each and beverage coolies are $2 each, both great bargains!

2014 Poster – Hang our beautiful festival art on your wall or give them as gifts, $10 each. Have them personally autographed by artist Shannon Weaver McKay at her crafters booth.  

Support MGF by buying a festival button, $5, and program, $3, and sign up to become a member. Your donation will make a world of difference!

Supplies are limited.  Shop at the MGF tent for great buys before you leave today! All proceeds go to help cover festival expenses. Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

Experience Traditional Hawaiian Crafts; Shop at our Handcrafters Fair
Don’t miss this opportunity to shop and view some of our most noted Hawaiian cultural practitioners at work creating pieces in the traditional Hawaiian manner. Come see and learn from the best masters of these arts. You will also find an array of handmade items Made in Hawai‘i, to collect, wear and enjoy. Delight your friends and family with these one-of-a-kind gifts.

Kapa Making Moana K. M. Eisele
Hawaiian Implements, Lauhala Weaving  G. Umi Kai and Leina`ala Kai
 Lei Hulu (Feather Lei)  Na Lima Mili Hulu Noeau  Paulette Kahalepuna
 Lauhala Weaving  Kahoali‘i Kreations  Kahi McClellan
 Kupe`e  Maunalani Design Group, Inc.  Keith & Daniel Kalani Maile
 Ipu (gourd) Making  Tamsen Fox Art  Tamsen Fox
 Tatoo Art  Tatoo Practitioner  Keone Nunes
 Lei making  Moanalua Valley Community Association
 Artists of MAMo  MAMo (Maoli Artists Month)  Shannon Weaver McKay

Handcrafter fair vendors and artisans, brought to you by Moanalua Gardens Foundation, will offer a variety of unique items from Hawaiian shell leis, to paintings, jewelry, quilt bags, koa pieces, textiles, casual wear, hula accessories, and more.

Taste the Flavors of Hawai‘i
Come taste the Flavors of Hawai‘i at our special “food court” in the gardens. We are pleased to have non-profit and community organizations, as well as local food vendors, serve some of the most onolicious kau kau (food) in the islands. Satisfy your palate and help support these worthy organizations, all at the same time.


Haili’s Hawaiian Foods Hawaiian plates, Lau Lau, Kālua pig and more
Moanalua Lions Club Kālua pig sliders, Spam musubi, shave ice and more
Kazu’s Roast pork, Bento, beef stew,,Teri meatballs
Royal Hawaiian Hot Dogs Hot dogs, tropical smoothies, shave ice and more
Kuuipo’s Snacks and Plate Lunches Guava ribs and chicken, spicy ahi bowls and more
Garlic Fries Gals Assorted French Fries and baked goods
Ono Pops Gourmet Popsicles with a Hawaiian twist
Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle Locally made Popsicles
Moanalua Gardens Snack Bar Iced drinks, Mango smoothies and post cards
Leonard’s Bakery Wagon Fresh made malasadas

Meet our Cultural Practitioners

Paulette Kahalepuna, Na Lima Mili Hulu Noeau
Paulette Kahalepuna has been practicing the ancient Hawaiian art of feather lei making for thirty years. Following in the footsteps of her mother and teacher, Mary Lou Kekuewa, Paulette has led feather lei making workshops around the world. Watch her demonstrate this intricate art form and learn about her work to preserve this ancient tradition. Handcrafters fair area.

Kahi McClellan, Kahoali‘i Kreations – Lauhala Weaving
Taught by her kūpuna in Lahaina, Maui, Kahi McClellan creates fine woven lauhala mats in the traditional Hawaiian manner. View her exquisite lauhala papale (hats), bracelets, placemats, fans and custom made pieces. She will show you how lauhala is made and its many uses. Keiki activities from 10 am to noon. Handcrafters fair area.

Moana K.M. Eisele – Kapa Making
See kapa practitioner, Moana K.M. Eisele demonstrate Hawaiian kapa making and kapa printing. Come meet Moana and her assistant, Kamalu DuPreez, who will invite you to decorate washi paper with ‘ohe kapala, bamboo stamps. Handcrafters fair area.

Kai Kompany and ‘Ulu Pono Designs – Hawaiian Implements and Lauhala Weaving
Watch G. Umi Kai of the Kai Kompany create traditional Hawaiian fish hooks from bone. View his fine collection of handmade poi pounders, weapons, helmets and octopus lures fashioned from stone, wood and bone. See his wife Leina`ala of `Ulu Pono Designs weave a lauhala honu (turtle) and other items. Let her show you how to make a lauhala bracelet for a small fee of $3. Handcrafters fair area.

Tamsen Kealohamakua Fox, Tamsen Fox Art – Hawaiian Ipu (Gourd) Maker
Tamsen Kealohamakua Fox is reviving the 400 year old lost art of decorating gourds using an ancient technique called the “Ni‘ihau Method.” She also uses more contemporary methods of carving, dying and etching. View her beautiful collection of hand carved and decorated ipu. Handcrafters fair area.

Keith Maile, Maunalani Design Group, Inc. – Hawaiian Fish Lure Making; Cordage and Braiding
A versatile cultural practitioner, Keith Maile and his son, Daniel Kalani, will be crafting unique kūpe`e bracelets. See his special collection of rare adornments worn by ancient Ali`i (royalty), including lei niho palaoa royal necklace from whale tooth and human hair, kūpe`e, and more. Handcrafters fair area.

Shannon Weaver McKay, Native Hawaiian Artist
Meet Native Hawaiian artist Shannon Weaver McKay, designer of this year’s Prince Lot Hula Festival logo. Shannon draws her inspiration from Hawaiian culture, our people and our ‘āina and is noted for her images of Hawaiian women. View her special collection of Hawaiian art. She will also sign posters of her beautiful festival art. Keiki activities also available. Handcrafters Fair area.

Keone Nunes, Hawaiian Tatoo Practitioner
Meet traditional Hawaiian Tatoo Artist, Keone Nunes, foremost practitioner of the “tapping” style of tattooing used by Hawaiians of long ago. Learn about the significance of Hawaiian tatoo designs and how they were used in our Hawaiian culture in ancient times. Handcrafters Fair area.


2014 Hālau Performing

Kila Kila O Moanalua, Majestic is Moanalua

The 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Festival Program

8:30 am Pre-festival concert, Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club
 9:00 am Opening Procession, Royal Order of Kamehameha
 9:15 am Opening Ceremonies, Ho`ike
 9:45 am Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Joan Lindsey
10:10 am Halau Hula O Maiki, Kumu Hula Coline Aiu
10:35 am Na Pualei O Likolehua, Kumu Hula Leina`ala Kalama Heine
11:00 am Ka Pa Hula Hawaii, Kumu Hula Kaha`i Topolinski
11:25 am Hālau I Ka Wekiu, Nā Kumu Hula
Veto Baker and Michael Casupang
12 Noon Lunch Break. Concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band
1:00 pm Hālau Hula O Namakahulali, Kumu Hula Shirley Recca
 1:25 pm Hālau Hula Ka No`eau, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
 1:50 pm Pua Ali`i `Ilima, Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine
and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine
2:15 pm Hālau Hula O Kukunaokalā, Ho`opa Elsie Ryder – representing Moloka`i
2:40 pm Hālau Mohala `Ilima, Kumu Hula Mapuana De Silva
3:05 pm Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, Kumu Hula Ka`ilihiwa Vaughan-Darval
3:30 pm Hālau Na Mamo O Pu`uanahulu, Nā Kumu Hula Sonny Ching and Lopaka Igarta-DeVera
Note: Times are approximate and subject to change.


2014 Prince Lot Hula Festival

Mahalo2to our 2014 sponsors, donors and supporters!

Don’t miss the special broadcast of the entire Prince Lot Hula Festival on Olelo Channel 53!  Shows will air August 14 through September 29. Click here to see full schedule.

Thirteen Thousand Attend the
37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
Held Saturday, July 19, 2014  

Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) has announced that “Kila Kila O Moanalua…Majestic is Moanalua,” the 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, drew an estimated 13,000 persons during the daylong event held on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

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 five outstanding kumu hula with our first ever 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 the National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Kamehameha Schools/Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Host, Capital One 360, Hawaiian Airlines, `Ōlelo Community Media, Kaimana Ventures LLC, Hawai`i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O`ahu Visitors Bureau, Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, City and County of Honolulu, 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 paid tribute to Malia Kau awardees Na Kumu Hula Kaha`i Topolinski, Leina`ala Kalama Heine, Vicky Holt Takamine, Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, and Wayne Chang, all who have made immense contributions to the Prince Lot Hula Festival and our Hawaiian culture. Their haumana honored them with a special ho`okupu while composer and Kumu Hula Manu Boyd created and performed a special mele for them.

Other festival highlights included tatoo 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 Kamananui Valley and Moanalua Gardens.

For more information about MGF or to become a member, please visit MGF’s website at www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org or call 808.839.5334.

Join us at Moanalua Gardens for the 2015 festival on Saturday, July 18, 2015.


Join us for the 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Moanalua Gardens. nihongo 
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“Kila Kila O Moanalua”…Majestic is Moanalua

The 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival


“Kila Kila O Moanalua…Majestic is Moanalua,” is the theme of the 37th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival which will take place at spectacular Moanalua Gardens on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, announced Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival’s presenter. The largest non-competitive hula event 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.An 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.“Kila Kila O Moanalua” is a most fitting theme for this year’s festival because it talks about the grandeur of Moanalua which still amazes us today,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President.  “The mele (song) was composed by Pililua after Samuel Mills Damon sank the first well in Moanalua and piped water to the gardens nourishing the ‘āina (land), our people, trees and flowers,” Jamile stated.2013 Prince Kuhio Hula FestivalOpening the 2014 festival will be noted Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero followed by an impressive line-up of premier hālau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kāhiko (ancient) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula.  Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pā hula (hula mounds) in Hawai`i.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 button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event.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.Hui-Aloha-Aina-Momona-kalo-workshop2Festival 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, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaiian Host and The Queen’s Medical Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, Kamehameha Schools, Capital One 360, Hawaiian Airlines, Servco and RM Towill Foundations, Pasha Hawai‘i, Matson Navigation, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media and others. Ka Hale I o Kahala Halau HulaNamed 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.Kumu-Hula-Uluwehi-Guerrero-and-Halau-Hula-Kauluokala2Participating 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 .Like us on facebook by clicking here.  Halau Na Mamo O Pu‘uanahulu

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