Aloha mai kākou,
Your support of our mission to preserve and perpetuate the native culture and environment of Hawai‘i through education and stewardship of Kamananui Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival has made all the difference!
With your generous help and that of key partners, especially the Hawai‘i State Legislature, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaiian Electric Company, Senator Donna Kim and Representatives Linda Ichiyama and Aaron Ling Johanson, and many others, we have:
- Taught an estimated 5,000 fourth-graders to “malama `āina” through our Huaka`i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua environmental education program.
- Partnered with DLNR in bringing more than 1,500 students into Kamananui Valley to experience firsthand the history, culture and eco systems of this unique wahi pana (sacred place).
- Conducted 8 teachers workshops, training over 260 elementary school educators to use the Huaka`i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua curriculum in their classrooms, expanding our outreach to hundreds of additional keiki.
- Raised more than $2 million to repair Kamananui Valley Road. Engineering studies and a construction plan have been completed and repairs will begin later this year.
- Expanded the Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival to two days becoming Hawai`i’s largest non-competitive hula exhibition and held for the first time ever at historic Iolani Palace.
- Moved to a new location in the Waiakamilo Shopping Center to better serve you and conduct our programs.
While our financial condition remains stable, we must be vigilant in seeking new and innovative ways to generate income and build capital.
We are acutely aware that fundraising will continue to challenge us to be even more attentive to developing new sources of revenue. To ensure a reliable source of income for our programs, MGF has embarked on a $3 million dollar endowment campaign. Its success will require a determined effort from all of us — our board of directors, our members, our supporters, and our community.
We are very proud of our accomplishments this past year, but there is much more work ahead of us. It is our hope that you will continue to assist us on this journey. We humbly ask for your continued support and sincerely thank you for your generosity.
Finally, this year’s success would not have been possible without the backing of MGF’s Board of Directors. I am sincerely grateful to each and every one of you for contributing your time, expertise and talent to help MGF achieve its greatest potential.
Mahalo a nui loa,
Alexander Alika Jamile
Executive Director and President
Founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history, native culture and environment of Hawai‘i through education and stewardship of Kamananui (Moanalua Valley) and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival. If you would like to remember MGF in your planned giving or learn more about leaving a bequest of cash, stocks, or other assets to us, please contact our development officer at (808) 839-5334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aloha mai kākou,
In lieu of an Annual Meeting, Moanalua Gardens Foundation will conduct voting for Board of Directors by mail and online. Please review the slate and vote for your new Board of Directors on the online ballot page at https://www.moanaluagardensfoundation.org/vote by December 8, 2017. Our President’s Report can now be viewed online as well.
You have helped MGF create Huaka‘i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua, the first place-based environmental education program for Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley. Since its start in 2015, 264 teachers have been trained and an estimated 3,000 fourthgraders have experienced the thrill of learning about this sacred ahupua`a, once home to O‘ahu’s ruling chiefs and a center of hula and chant.
But we must train additional teachers so that more students can discover the unique ecosystems and native species that are found nowhere else on earth.
Since our humble beginning in 1978, the Prince Lot Hula Festival has become the premier cultural event on O‘ahu, thanks to you.
Now a two-day event, MGF welcomed on July 15th and 16th, approximately 14,000 kama‘āina and visitors who flocked to see this stunning celebration of hula at its magnificent new home, Iolani Palace. Your kōkua will help us keep this exciting event free yearafter-year.
MGF is committed to continuing Huaka‘i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua and the Prince Lot Hula Festival but cannot without your support. While we are proud of our accomplishments, there is much more to do and we need your help to do it.
Please send us your donation either by mail or online (click here). When you do, please check off the membership box either as a renewing member or as a new member of Moanalua Gardens Foundation.
No other organization in Hawai‘i is so deeply dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history, native culture and environment of Hawai‘i through education and stewardship at of Kamananui (Moanalua) Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival.
Your kōkua will help MGF continue to develop our Huaka‘i o Kamananui program to provide educational facilities and activities in the valley as well as perpetuating hula on the grounds of historic Iolani Palace where hula was celebrated by our ali‘i.
Take a moment now to vote and help. Vote on the enclosed ballot and complete the reply card. Let us count on your support for Huaka‘i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua and the 41st annual Prince Lot Hula Festival in the year ahead.
Mahalo a nui loa for your vote and generous support!
Alexander Alika Jamile
Executive Director and President
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Mahalo a nui loa to all of our major sponsors who helped make this year’s 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace a great success!
Also, a big mahalo to our other sponsors whose support, both financial and in-kind, we deeply appreciate.
Iolani Palace, Friends of Iolani Palace, Pasha Hawai’i Transport Lines, Cadinha and Company, Ironworkers Union, Local 625 and Ironworkers Union, Local 625 Stabilization Fund, Douglas Emmett Management LLC, KINE Radio/Summit Media Corporation and Urgent Care Hawaii.
Read what our kumu and guests are saying about this year’s Prince Lot Hula Festival
9:30 am Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima — Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine
Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima is the hālau hula (school of traditional Hawaiian dance) founded by Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. The hālau was named by Vicky’s kumu hula, Maiki Aiu Lake, and means the Royal ‘Ilima Blossom alluding to Vickyʻs graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima, the ‘ilima class, and as a descendant from Hawaiian royalty. We treasure the many gifts of hula and mele from our kumu and leave them as a lasting memory to the next generation of hula practitioners. Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima perpetuates the teachings of Maiki through their programs and participation in the many cultural festivals and events throughout Hawai‘i and the world. We celebrate today the 40th anniversary of both the Prince Lot Hula Festival and our hālau hula. We look forward to a new era of hula here at Iolani Palace.
9:55 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 Kau‘ai. Kumu Hula Coline Aiu and her haumana (students) continue to follow in the footsteps of her mother and founder, the late Maiki Aiu Lake, for whom the hālau is named. It is the mother school of five generations of kumu hula, several of whom are performing today. Kumu hula of the hālau for 33 years, Coline first performed at the Prince Lot Hula Festival in its formative years in the 1970s and is a 2016 recipient of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s (MGF’s) prestigious Malia Kau award. A trendsetter in hula as a performance art, Coline was the originator of the drama dance, The Legend of Pele, in 1979 – 1980.
10:20 am Nā Pualei o Likolehua – Kumu Hula Niuli‘i Heine
Established in 1976 by the late Kumu Hula Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, Hālau Nā Pualei o Likolehua, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing young women and men to become teachers and leaders in our Hawaiian community. Now, under the direction of ‘Ala’s daughter, Niuli‘i Heine, the hālau continues ‘Ala’s legacy and has expanded to include keiki and kane. Celebrating 42 years as a hula group, the hālau strives to uphold the values of traditional protocol, remain actively responsible to the ‘āina, empower its students through cultural education, and preserve the cultural traditions of hula.
10:45 am Kilipohe Nā Leilehua – Nā Kumu Hula Sky Gora and Liko Cooke
Haumana (students) of the late Leina‘ala Kalama Heine, Sky Gora and Liko Cooke uniki (graduated) as kumu hula in 2009 and formed their own hālau in 2013. Today, they carry on the traditions learned from their kumu, and like ‘Ala, are dedicated to training young women in the art of hula and Hawaiian culture. They strive to teach traditions and skills surrounding hula and maintain the cultural heritage of mele hula and mele oli (chant).
11:10 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. Since 1982, the hālau has been located in the ahupua‘a of Waimalu and Mānana in the moku of ‘Ewa. Lilinoe’s haumana (students) range in age from keiki to kūpuna and 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. Since the passing of Aunty Joanie, who received Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Malia Kau Award in 2015, the hālau now includes her students. Today’s performance of the combined hālau is dedicated to the late Kumu Hula Joan S. Lindsey who left a rich legacy of “malama ke kahi i ke kahi.”
11:35 am: 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. For the past 17 years, the hālau has strived to preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture through the art of hula. They focus on building a strong foundation by providing grounding in Hawaiian history, beliefs and traditions in a positive learning environment which prepares students for life. Members of the hālau are committed to giving back to the community and protecting our ‘āina through efforts such as beach clean ups, helping the homeless and sharing their hula at local and regional charity events and festivals. Kumu Akiu inspires her students to love, honor and respect Ke Akua, our Hawaiian culture, hula, our Ali‘i and kūpuna.
1:10 pm Hālau Nā Wainohia – Kumu Hula Tony Conjugacion
Established in 1997, Hālau Nā Wainohia is led by Kumu Hula Tony Conjugacion who had already been teaching in Hawai‘i and abroad for over twenty years. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Lamakū Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of the Hawaiian culture with an emphasis on the performing arts. Their 2009 hula compilation CD, ‘Ike O Nā Kumu Hula, garnered the 2010 Nā Hoku Hanohano Award for Compilation of the Year. Kumu Conjugacion graduated seven ‘olapa dancers in September 2004, and in September 2010, graduated four kumu hula and one ‘olapa dancer in Keawanui, Moloka‘i.
1:35 pm Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā – Nā Kumu Hula Elsie Ryder, Mel Enos and Sulu Tafaoimalo
Begun in 1977 by the late Kumu Hula John Kaimikaua, Hālau Hula Kukunaokalā perpetuates the tradition of hula from the island of Moloka‘i and celebrates their 40th anniversary this year in November. 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. This unbroken line of kumu has continued through the present generation and the hula motions have been preserved for the past 12 centuries. In 1991, Kumu Kaimikaua and his hālau, in partnership with the community and Hula Hālau o Moloka‘i founded the Moloka‘i Ka Hula Piko Festival on Moloka‘i celebrating the origin of the hula. Since the passing of Kumu John in 2006, the hālau has continued his important legacy of ancient hula.
2:00 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 (show) with Aunty Genoa Keawe. Shirley has worked with many hula masters to add to her repertoire of ancient and modern hula, including Kimo Alama Keaulana for the past 17 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.
2:25 pm Ka Ipu Ha‘a ‘o Kekau‘ilani – Na Pua Hala ‘o Kau‘ai, Kailua, Japana, Europa a me Canada – Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson
One of 11 children of the distinguished Kalama ohana of Kailua, O‘ahu, Puna Kalama Dawson is a global ambassador of aloha spreading the aloha spirit all over the world through hula. In 1989, she helped her mother, the late Aunty Nana-Ka‘aikawa‘akekau‘ilani Kalama, open Ka Ipu Ha‘a ‘o Kekau‘`ilani – Na Pua Hala ‘o Kau‘ai, in Anahola on the island of Kaua‘i. She continues to honor her mother’s essence and hula presence through the hālau and through her In the Name of Aloha program. Today, her haumana (students) represent Europe, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Hawai‘i.
2:50 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Kaleipuaimilia – Kumu Hula Cynthia Makalapua Bernard
Located on the Wai‘anae Coast in the ahupua‘a of Lualualei on O‘ahu, Hālau Hula ‘O Kaleipuaimilia was formerly known as Hālau Hula O Mililani under the direction of the late Kumu Hula Mililani Allen, a graduate of the late Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake’s Lehua class. Mili uniki (graduated) Makalapua in 1998 with the help of Nā Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, Vicky Holt Takamine, Mapuana de Silva, and the late Leina‘ala Kalama Heine. Before Mili’s passing, she asked Makalapua to change the name of the hālau. Mili’s legacy continues through Makalapua along with new mele (songs) which she shares with the community, at competitions, and at the Prince Lot Hula Festival today.
3:15 pm Hālau Māpuna Leo – Kumu Hula Kamana‘o Mano‘i-Hyde
Kamana‘o Manoi-Hyde has been Kumu Hula of Hālau Mapuna Leo since 2002, as well as the Kumu since 2004 of Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao Public Charter School serving 627 students on the Leeward Coast of O‘ahu. A graduate of Mapuana De Silva’s Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, she teaches traditional hula from the mid and late 19th century as well as a repertoire of hula ‘auana (contemporary hula). Through the teaching of hula, mele, oli and our mo‘olelo (stories), Kamana‘o seeks to enrich the lives of all her students, inspiring them to connect to the teachings of our kūpuna. Hālau Māpuna Leo strives to ensure that preservation of the knowledge that has been handed down will continue on to the next generation.
10:30 am 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 the late 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 Aunty Maiki: “May your love of Hawai’i grow through the art of the Hula”.
11 am Hālau o Kekuhi – Kumu Hula Nālani Kanaka‘ole
Hālau o Kekuhi is the hālau hula and the center of cultural knowledge for the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation. The cultural beliefs and practices in which the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation is anchored radiates from the traditional practices of the hālau which can account for eight generations of kumu hula. The hālau is celebrated for its mastery of the ‘aiha‘a style of hula and oli. The ‘aiha‘a is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hi‘iaka, characteristic of Hawai‘i Island’s creative forces. Hālau o Kekuhi has earned local, state, national, and international recognition for their art.
11:35 am Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau – Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
Founded by Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang in 1986, the hālau is located in Pāwaʻa, outside of Waikīkī. The hālau maintains the hula ku’i style of dance, a style and philosophy associated with the late hula master Maiki Aiu Lake. Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau has performed at universities and colleges across North America and Asia. New students are accepted twice a year, January and September, and are introduced to the gentle mannerisms of the hula kuʻi. Visit www.artofhula.com for classes, touring, festivals, workshops and booking information.
1:05 pm 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 legacy of the late Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamāmalu Klein. The students, who are truly “the descendants of the Lehua” continue in the tradition set by Aunty Maiki that “hula is the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel.” Besides dance, the hālau stresses education in history, language and protocol of our Hawaiian culture. Their choreography remains true to the “Maiki style” with traditional hula being passed down as originally learned.
1:30 pm 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.
1:55 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani – Nā Kumu Hula Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai and Leonani Naho‘`oikaika
Located in Waipahu, O‘ahu Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani was founded in 1985 by the late Kumu Hula Hokulani De Rego. Today, her daughters Leinani, Kehaulani and Leonani carry on her legacy of the Lokalia Montgomery hula line. The hālau celebrates 32 years of Hawaiian cultural teaching throughout our communities and across the Hawaiian islands, our country and the world. Hālau Hula O Hokulani is the host of Hula Oni E in Honolulu, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan and in Vienna, Austria. 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. The Legacy of Hokulani De Rego lives on!
2:15 pm Hālau Kealakapawa – Kumu Hula Michael Ka`ilipūnohu Canopin
Founded in 1989, Hālau Kealakapawa is a school of hula open to people of all ages. At the present time, the hālau has locations in Honolulu and Kensei, Japan. The name Kealakapawa translates to The Path of Dawn or The Trail of the Morning Star and was given to Kumu Canopin by his late kumu Frank Palani Kahala. Kumu Canopin performed in the Prince Lot Hula Festival during its early years and is returning for the first time in several decades. We welcome him and his hālau back to the festival.
Laukanaka Ka Hula
40th Anniversary of the Prince Lot Hula Festival
Hālau Hula Line-Up
Day 1, Saturday, July 15 – 9am to 4pm
|9:00 am||Welcome and sponsor acknowledgements, Kimo Kahoano|
|9:05 am||Opening procession, Royal Order of Kamehameha 1 Kukui O Lota Awards Presentation|
|9:30 am||Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine|
|9:55 am||Hālau Hula o Maiki, Kumu Hula Coline Aiu|
|10:20 am||Nā Pualei O Likolehua, Kumu Hula Niuli‘i Heine|
|10:45 am||Kilipohe Nā Leilehua, Nā Kumu Hula Sky Gora and Liko Cooke|
|11:10 am||Ka Pā Nani ‘O Lilinoe, Kumu Hula Lilīnoe Lindsey|
|11:35 am||Pa‘akea Wai Lehua, Kumu Hula Wanda Pa‘akea Akiu|
|12 Noon||Lunch Break – Royal Hawaiian Band Concert|
|1:00 pm||Welcome back, sponsor acknowledgements – Kimo Kahoano|
|1:10 pm||Hālau Nā Wainohia, Kumu Hula Tony Conjugacion|
|1:35 pm||Hālau Hula O Kukunaokala, Nā Kumu Hula Elsie Ryder, Mel Enos and Sulu Tafaoimalo|
|2:00 pm||Hālau Hula O Namakahulali, Kumu Hula Shirley Recca|
|2:25 pm||Ka Ipu Ha‘a o‘ Kekau‘ilani, Na Pua Hala o‘ Kau‘ai, Japana, Europa and Canada, Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson|
|2:50 pm||Hālau Hula ‘O Kaleipuaimilia, Kumu Hula C. Makalapua Bernard|
|3:15 pm||Hālau Māpuna Leo, Kumu Hula Kamana‘o Mano‘i-Hyde|
|3:35 pm||Pau – Hawai‘i Aloha|
|Note: Times are approximate and subject to change.|
|Click to View Halau History and Background|
Day 2, Sunday, July 16 – 10 am to 3 pm
|10:00 am||Welcome, sponsor acknowledgements – Kimo Kahoano|
|10:05 am||Opening Procession – Presentation of Namakahelu Oli Award and Malia Kau Awards Ho‘okupu Hui Ho‘oulu Aloha|
|10:30 am||Ka Hale I o Kahala Hālau Hula, Kumu Hula Leimomi I-Maldonado|
|11:00 am||Hālau o Kekuhi, Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole|
|11:35 am||Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang|
|12 Noon||Lunch Break – Royal Hawaiian Band Concert|
|1:00 pm||Welcome, sponsor acknowledgements – Kimo Kahoano|
|1:05 pm||Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua, Kumu Hula Pohai Souza|
|1:30 pm||Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Kumu Hula Mapuana De Silva|
|1:55 pm||Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani, Nā Kumu Hula Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai and Leonani Naho‘oikaika|
|2:15 pm||Hālau Kealakapawa, Kumu Hula Michael Ka‘ilipūnohu Canopin|
|2:35 pm||Pau – Hawaiʻi Aloha|
|Click to View Hālau History and Background
Note: Times are approximate and subject to change.