2015

2015 – Post Festival Press Release

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.


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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.


Mahalos 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 CookMay 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.

How can it not touch the heart of the public when you honor the lifetime work of Kumu Joan S. Lindsey and Kumu Ed Collier! We received a gracious welcome to the beauty of Moanalua Gardens including a serenade by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club. You continue to educate us on the Hawaiian culture through the absolute joy of hula. How I enjoyed the beauty and variety of styles of the halau including the island of Molokai.

The good organization of a large event is never easy and it takes tremendous work. I appreciated the wide variety of artisans, cultural practitioners, food and the volunteers who assisted us.

While sitting in the audience I visited with people from Kauai and Hawaii who flew in for the festival. There were visitors from Asia, Europe and the mainland. The Prince Lot Hula Festival gave us memories to treasure, and a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian people and their culture.

You and your team have created a world class event!



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Mahalos 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.

Dear Ms. Worsham,
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.
How can it not touch the heart of the public when you honor the lifetime work of Kumu Joan S. Lindsey and Kumu Ed Collier! We received a gracious welcome to the beauty of Moanalua Gardens including a serenade by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club. You continue to educate us on the Hawaiian culture through the absolute joy of hula. How I enjoyed the beauty and variety of styles of the halau including the island of Molokai.
The good organization of a large event is never easy and it takes tremendous work. I appreciated the wide variety of artisans, cultural practitioners, food and the volunteers who assisted us.
While sitting in the audience I visited with people from Kauai and Hawaii who flew in for the festival. There were visitors from Asia, Europe and the mainland. The Prince Lot Hula Festival gave us memories to treasure, and a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian people and their culture.
You and your team have created a world class event!
Aloha Pumehana,
Gwendolyn Riggs Cook
Honolulu, Hawaii



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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.

Moanalua Gardens Foundation


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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…



2015 Program and Hālau Descriptions

9:00 am   Opening Procession, Royal Order of Kamehameha

9:15 am   Papahana Wehena – Opening Ceremony

38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival • Kama‘ipu‘upa‘a, Moanalua • July 18 & 19, 2015

Presentation of Malia Kau Awards – Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Kumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey – Founder of Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio
Kumu Hula Edward W. Collier – Founder of Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui

9:30 am            Joan S. Lindsey Hula StudioKumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey
Beginning in 1950, Joan Lindsey has been teaching hula for sixty five years in Pearl City, O`ahu. She studied with such respected kumu as her Aunty, Caroline Peters Tuck, Lena Machado, Lena Guerrero and Lokalia Montgomery from whom she learned chants from Mary Kawena Pukui, and songs and dances from Vicky I’i. Through her hālau, Kumu Lindsey continues to bring our hula traditions to life.   As she so eloquently states, “For in hula, we are Hawaiian. In Hawaiian, we are the beauty and magic of this ‘āina.”

9:55 am            Ka Pā Nani `O Lilinoe – Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey
Lilinoe Lindsey began her hula training at the age of three from her Aunty, Joan Lindsey, and has been a lifelong dancer ever since. In 1995, she started her own hālau located in Aiea and Pearl City. Her haumana (students) have danced in many hula events both competitive and non-competitive throughout the islands, including the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition and Merrie Monarch Festival. She comes from the renowned Lindsey ‘ohana of noted musicians, recording artists, composers and kumu hula.

10:20 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 named. PBS 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 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, encouraged research requiring her haumana to keep hula books.

10:45 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 and is now located in Pawa`a. The hālau maintains the Hula Ku`i style of dance and 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 as Kumu hula in 1984.

11:10 am          Hālau Nā Mamo O Ka Liko Maile O Kohala – Kumu Hula Francis Kapuaoiokepamemaile Francisco
Founded in 2012 in Maunalaha Valley in the heart of Makiki, O`ahu, the hālau is dedicated to preserving and ensuring the continuance of the Hawaiian culture through the traditional art form known as the hula. Its main purpose is to perpetuate and transmit ancestral Hawaiian knowledge through language, history, protocols, chant, music and dance, crafts, values, and traditional practices. Kumu Hula Kapua Francisco provides opportunities for students of all ages to develop a strong identity and connection to our homeland and host culture. He fosters in them a desire to think, act and live a life with Hawaiian values and purpose.

 11:35 am          Nā Pualei o Likolehua Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Kalama Heine
Established in 1976, Hālau Nā Pualei o Likolehua, is a non-profit organization dedicated to training young women and men in the art of hula and Hawaiian culture. Its mission is to prepare them to become future kumu hula and practitioners of Hawaiian culture; to carry on the traditions surrounding hula; maintain the cultural traditions of mele oli and mele hula and to preserve the legends, genealogies and history of the Hawaiian people through dance. Kumu Heine, known affectionately as `Ala, is a graduate of Maiki Aiu Lake’s Papa `Uniki Lehua class, and also studied with Joseph Kaha`ulelio, Vicky `I`i Rodrigues, Ruby Ahakuelo and others.

Intermission 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm

1:35 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, performing her first ho‘ike with Aunty Genoa Keawe. She has worked with many hula masters to add to her repertoire of ancient and modern hula, including Kimo Alama Keaulana for the past 15 years. Kumu Recca has served as a judge of the `auana division of the E Ho`i Mai Ka Piko Hula Competition. The hālau has received several competition awards, but enjoys ho`ike the most. It always looks forward to the sharing of hula at the Prince Lot Hula Festival in a special time and very special place.

2:00 pm            Ka Hale I o Kāhala Hālau Hula – Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado
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. The hālau reflects the hō`ihi (respect) felt for these influential teachers as well as its connection to the hala as the symbolic flower of the school. Kumu Maldonado welcomes haumana (students) from preschool to kūpuna to learn the dances of the Hawaiian Islands. The philosophy of the hālau is a saying passed on by Leimomi’s former Kumu Hula the late Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake: “May your love of Hawai’i grow through the art of the Hula”.

2:25 pm         Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā Ho`opa Elsie Ryder
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 past 38years, 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 and Ho`opa Elsie Ryder.

2:50 pm         Hālau Na Mamo O Pu`uanahulu — Nā Kumu Hula Sonny Ching and Lōpaka Igarta-DeVera
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. The hālau performs regularly at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival garnering awards in both the kane and wahine categories.

3:15 pm         Hālau Pa`akea Wai Lehua – Kumu Hula Wanda Pa`akea Akiu
Founded in May 2000, Hālau Pa`akea Wai Lehua is based in Kailua, O`ahu and consists of dedicated haumana (students) ranging in age from 4 to 60 years old. Their mission is to love, honor and respect the Hawaiian culture by teaching Hawaiian traditions and values through the art of hula. Most importantly, the hālau strives to honor our ali`i (royalty) and kūpuna through educational workshops, charitable fundraising and performing at local, regional and international events sharing the hula, mele and chant of our ancestors.

3:50 pm        Pau – Hawai`i Aloha

Sunday, July 19, 2015

 10:00 am          Welcome

10:10 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 38th anniversary and 38th year performing in the Prince Lot Hula Festival, the only hālau who has done so for 38 consecutive years. Today, the halau will debut for the first time ever in public Pele O Moanalua, a mele chanted for Keku`i`apoiwa, Kamehameha the Great’s mother, during her famous visit to O`ahu.

10:35 am          Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua – Kumu Hula Pohaikealoha Souza
Based in Kaka`ako, O`ahu, Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua is a non-competitive hālau which carries on the Hula Ku`i stylings of Mae Kamāmalu Klein, Maiki Aiu and Uncle George Holokai. Teaching keiki to kūpuna, Kumu Souza encourages her haumana (students) to understand the beauty of the mele (songs) and our Hawaiian culture through education in history, language, protocol and all other aspects of our culture as well as hula. As we have been taught by Aunty Maiki – “Hula is life” – and so we must live our culture with exuberance in all parts of our lives.

11:00 am          Hālau Kealaokamailelauli`i — Nā Kumu Hula Sky Kanoelani Gora and Likolehua Cooke
Established in 2014 for the young women of Damien Memorial High School, Hālau Kealaokamailelauli`i is led by Nā Kumu Hula Sky Kanoelani Gora and Likolehua Cooke. Only a year old, the hālau placed third in the 2015 Malia Craver Hula Kahiko Competition in May. Students and uniki graduates of Kumu Hula Leinā`ala Kalama Heine’s hālau, Sky and Liko are passing on their hula traditions to the young ladies at Damien. Moanalua Gardens Foundation is proud to welcome them to the Prince Lot Hula Festival.

11:15 am          Hālau Hula `O Hokulani – Kumu Hula Hokulani De Rego
Located in Waipahu, O‘ahu Hālau Hula `O Hokulani was founded in 1985 with 5 students and now has 300 haumana of all ages. They receive instruction in Hawaiian history, culture, language and hula protocol and perform both hula kahiko (ancient) and ‘auana (modern) dance. The hālau supports Hawai‘i-based charities which help physically and mentally challenged individuals and strives to preserve the hula and history of Hawai`i. The hālau has performed in festivals and concerts throughout Hawai`i and Japan, including the Merrie Monarch Festival, Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Festival and more.

11:40 am         Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima Kumu Hula Māpuana 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.

Intermission 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

1:00 pm            Welcome

1:05 pm             Hālau Ha’a Hula ‘O Kekau’ilani Nā Pua Hala O Kailua – Charlani A.K. Kalama
Daughter of the late Kumu Hula Elizabeth Kakau’ilanikaai’akawaha Correa Ako Kalama, Charlani is carrying on the hula traditions of her beloved mother and kumu. The first ‘uniki graduate of the late Lokalia Montgomery, Mama Elizabeth opened her hālau in 1946 at Blessed Sacrament Church’s Father Gregory Hall in Pauoa. She moved to Kailua in 1952 where she continued to teach until her passing in 1998. Today, Kumu Hula Charlani A.K. Kalama strives to stay true to her mother’s teachings and the teachings of Aunty Lokalia, her grandmother Cecilia Correa, and their ancestors. Her haumana includes those from Kailua, Waimanalo, France, Sweden, California, Japan and Korea.

1:30 pm            Hālau Hula Kanoeonāwainahenahe – Kumu Hula Noelani Kapuaakuni Tachera
Established in 1992 to honor and commemorate nā kumu hula Maude Pauahi Dow, Noenoe Zuttermeister and Kalani Po`maihealani, Hālau Hula Kanoeonāwainahenahe is located in Ko`olaupoko, O`ahu. Its mission is to preserve, perpetuate and nurture cultural and hula traditions from a native perspective and to pass on these traditions to future generations ensuring their legacy of hula lives on. With an emphasis on hula kahiko, olelo makuahine and Hawaiian language, Kumu Tachera teaches hula as a lifestyle and living entity connecting our na`au (inner spirit) to the spiritual paths of our ancestral lineage linking the past to the present.

1:55 pm            Nā Hula O Puamana – Nā Kumu Hula Pumehana Cullen, Leina`ala Naipo Akamine, Kapualani McElroy, Leimomi Kiyono, and Malia Helela
Nā Hula O Puamana, the branches of Puamana, is the umbrella name for for nā hālau which continue to perpetuate the hula of Kumu Hula Puluelo Naipo Park and her hula lineage. Pumehana Cullen continues her mother’s teachings of worship hula. Aunty Leina`ala Naipo Akamine, Puluelo’s sister, continues to share her mana`o and passion of hula. Nā Kumu Kapualani McElroy and her Hālau Ho`ola `O Waipao in He`eia; Leimomi Kiyono and her Hālau Ho`oulu I Ke Kapa in Kaneohe, and Malia Helela and her hālau Nā Hula Ola Aloha in Kaka`ako, combine their haumana to perform for you today.

2:15 pm         Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui – Kumu Hula Ed Collier
Established in 1975 as a school to teach students about Hawaiian language, culture, song and dance, the hālau has grown to include children ages 4 to 13 and adults, both men and women. The hālau has competed in several Merrie Monarch Festivals and hula competitions on O`ahu. A kumu hula for over 50 years, Ed Collier taught hula at ‘Iolani School for 22 years. He has a deep passion for hula and considers the hula to be an endless process for learning. Over the years, Kumu Collier has served as a judge at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Please welcome MGF’s 2015 Malia Kau Award recipient Kumu Hula Ed Collier and Hālau O Nā Pua Kukui.

2:45 pm           Pau – Hawai`i Aloha

**Times are approximate and subject to change.

2015 Festival Activities

MOANALUA GARDENS FOUNDATION

PRINCE LOT HULA FESTIVAL XXXVIII
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 Director 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. At the same time, Prince Kūhiō announced the reorganization of the Hawaiian Royal Societies and created the Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

Today, Chiefs from Hawai‘i Chapters 1 and 8 and Na Wāhine Hui O Kamehameha 1 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!

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.

Improve The Well-Being of The Entire ‘Ohana with The Queen’s Medical Center
Come meet the staff from The Queen’s Medical Center and engage in free health screenings and wellness tips for a happy, healthy life!  Discover simple ways to improve your well-being and quality of life.  Get the entire ‘ohana involved in taking this step toward living your best life.  Near the Kamehameha V Summer Cottage.

‘Ōlelo Community Television
`Ōlelo Community Media is proud to help preserve and share our rich island heritage by broadcasting this year’s Prince Lot Hula Festival live, in its entirety, on both Saturday and Sunday.  Please stop by the ‘Ōlelo booth for rebroadcast dates and 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 ‘Ōlelo Mobile Van.

Meet our Representatives from Partners in Development
Members from Partners in Development Foundation, an organization which benefits Native Hawaiian families and keiki, are here to tell you all about “Hui Ho`omalu,” a program which includes recruitment and licensing of resource care givers for youth in foster care, as well as training and ongoing support services.  Come visit their booth and learn more about foster care, adoption or volunteer opportunities that support these youth and families.  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 2015 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 chanter emerging from the wahi pana (sacred place) of Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley. Price: $20 each. Beverage coolies are on sale for $2 each.

2015 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.  Stop 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     Kai Kompany                             Gordon Umi Kai
  • Lauhala Weaving            `Ulu Pono Designs                     Leina`ala Kai
  • Lei Hulu (Feather Lei)     Na Lima Mili Hulu Noeau            Mele Chun
  • Ki`i                               Maunalani Design Group, Inc.     Keith & Daniel Kalani Maile
  • Ipu Heke (gourd)                                                            Dexter Soares
  • Lei making                    Martha’s Lei Stand                     Milan Chun and Hālau Hula Ka No`eau
  • Artists of MAMo             MAMo (Maoli Artists Month)       Shannon Weaver McKay
  • Poi Pounding                 Hui Aloha ‘Āina Momona            Kaniala Anthony and Hui

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
  • 808 Burgers                                           Spam burgers, burgers, sausages, fries and more
  • Buk Buk Kitchen                                    BBQ, Teriyaki chicken, Spicy pork, and more
  • 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
  • Mino`aka in a Jar                                   Tropical fruit drinks in a mason jar
  • Moe Joe’s Stir Crazy, LLC                      Bread puddings, brownies, butter mochi and more
  • Everything Ono                                      Dragon Shrimp Chips
  • Leonard’s Bakery Wagon                        Fresh made malasadas

Meet our Cultural Practitioners

Mele Chun, Na Lima Mili Hulu Noeau – Feather Lei Making
Mele Chun has been practicing the ancient Hawaiian art of feather lei making for over forty years. Following in the footsteps of her mother and teacher, Paulette Kahalepuna, and her grandmother Mary Lou Kekuewa, Mele carries on the lei hulu legacy of her ohana. Watch her demonstrate this intricate art form and learn about her work to preserve this ancient tradition. Handcrafters fair area.

Moana K.M. Eisele – Kapa Making
See noted kapa practitioner, Moana K.M. Eisele demonstrate Hawaiian kapa making and kapa printing. Come meet Moana and her assistants, who will invite you to decorate washi paper with ‘ohe kapala, bamboo stamps. View her special display of kapa pieces custom made for a hula exhibition at the Merrie Monarch Festival.  Handcrafters fair area.

Milan Chun – Martha’s Lei Stand – Lei Making
Watch expert lei maker Milan Chun, owner of Martha’s Lei Stand, and assistants from Hālau Hula Ka No`eau fashion lei and haku head bands from flowers and other materials. See the various lei styles of kui pololei, Hilo, hili, wili and humu papa.  Purchase your own lei a’i or lei po’o (head garland) for a festive Hawaiian look.  Kamehameha V Cottage area.

 

Leina`ala Kai, Ulu Pono Designs — Lauhala Weaving
A talented lauhala weaver, Leina`ala Kai of Ulu Pono Designs creates lauhala pieces in the traditional Hawaiian manner. See her weave a lauhala honu (turtle) and other items. Let her show you how to make a lauhala bracelet or star for a small fee of $3. Handcrafters fair area.

Gordon Umi Kai, Kai Kompany – Hawaiian Fish Hooks and Implements
Watch Gordon Umi Kai of the Kai Kompany create traditional Hawaiian fish hooks (Makau) from bone and a marlin dagger (Pahoa A`u). View his fine collection of handmade poi pounders, weapons, helmets and octopus lures fashioned from stone, wood and bone. Handcrafters fair area.

Dexter Soares – Ipu Heke Making
Meet Dexter Soares, here to demonstrate the traditional art of making ipu heke (hula gourd implements). A veteran craftsman, Dexter will have a display of custom made ipu heke for sale. Handcrafters fair area.

Keith Maile, Maunalani Design Group, Inc. – Hawaiian Ki`i and Implements
A master carver and cultural practitioner, Keith Maile and his son, Daniel Kalani, will be showing unique ki`i (wooden images) used in ancient Hawai`i. See their special collection of traditional Hawaiian umeke, rare Hawaiian woods, kupe`e (wristlets), makau (fish hooks), mea kaua (weapons) and ki`i punoho (pencil urchin carvings) 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 Prince Lot Hula Festival art. Keiki activities also available. Handcrafters fair area.

Hui Aloha ‘Āina Momona — Traditional Poi Pounding Demonstration
Hui Aloha ‘Āina Momona will be offering “Kaholoku’i” an interactive kalo pounding workshop.  We invite you to sign up for this interactive activity of cleaning kalo, pounding kalo into pa’i’ai and even mixing your own poi.  What you make you take home to eat.  All ingredients and tools will be provided by Mana Ai – Keiki $5, Adults $10. Proceeds go to help Hui Aloha ʻĀina Momona perpetuate our kalo tradition.  Under the trees opposite the lo‘i and koi pond.

 

2015 Prince Lot Hula Festival

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Moanalua, He Wahi Pana
The 38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Hālau Hula Line-Up

Moanalua Gardens Foundation is pleased to announce the performance schedule for Moanalua, He Wahi Pana…Moanalua, A Sacred Place, the 38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, taking place on Saturday, July 18 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, July 19 from 10 am to 3 pm.

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Moanalua Gardens Foundation Expands The 38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival to Two Days nihongo

Moanalua, He Wahi Pana…Moanalua, A Sacred Place, the 38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival will be expanded to two days — Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — announced Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival’s presenter. The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawai‘i, the festival is held at spectacular Moanalua Gardens each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua

Prince Lot Hula Festival 2014

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.

We are very pleased to see how much the festival is enjoyed by both kama`āina and malihini,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President. “With encouragement from kumu hula and supporters, we are adding another day of great hula to include dancers from out-of-state branches of Hawaii-based halau. We will have some new activities this year which we will announce at a later date,” he stated.

Opening the 2015 festival will be 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.

Festival sponsors and supporters include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Electric, the City and County of Honolulu, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

Named in memory of Prince Lot, who later reigned as King Kamehameha V, the festival was founded in 1978 by MGF and now attracts up to 13,000 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.

Participating 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.

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