2018

2018 – Mahalo Page

~  Mahalo a nui loa to all of our major sponsors who helped make this year’s 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace a great success! New sponsors: Douglas Emmett Management Hawaii, LLC and IATSE, Local 665, International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees & Machine Operators.

Also, a big mahalo to our other sponsors whose support, both financial and in-kind, we deeply appreciate.

Friends of Iolani Palace, Pasha Hawai’i Transport Lines, Cadinha and Company, Ironworkers Union, Local 625 and Ironworkers Union, Local 625 Stabilization Fund, Laborer’s International Union of North America, Local 368, KINE Radio/Summit Media Corporation and Urgent Care Hawaii.


Comments from the Prince Lot Hula Festival

Read what our kumu and guests are saying about this year’s Prince Lot Hula Festival

Cynthia Cyrus, Volunteer, California

The 2018 PLHF was another success! It settled gracefully into its new venue and once again, for my 33rd year, I have witnessed the beauty and love and intensity of a cherished tradition. I was amazed at how just a few adjustments made the perfect setting this year in our new venue. Locating the stage with Iolani Palace in the background was brilliant. The stately edifice is a perfect tie-in to the journey of hula throughout Hawaii’s history. And staging the festival downtown among the historical setting lends well to drawing tourists as well as locals. It was obvious that our crowd was larger, especially on Sunday.

Just as last year, I was impressed with the recipients of awards. Interestingly for me there was a connection with one of last year’s hālau and the recipients of Saturday’s award which brought this full circle. Last year I saw Halau O Kekuhi, I believe for the first time, and an immense impression was left on me because of their level of expertise. Interestingly a few months later, I realized I would be seeing them again at a Southern California venue that I attend each year when they present their Hawaiian Series. I was bursting with pride and excitement when I informed my best friend who attends the series with me that we would be seeing the best ever hālau. Needless to say, she was impressed beyond expectation after the performance. Then for me to return to PLHF this year and witness the bestowing of the Malia Kau Award to Nalani Kanako’ole and Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele for their contributions to perpetuating hula traditions through their hālau was without a doubt a full circle experience.

This is a good example why I don’t intend to stop attending PLHF yearly. I so look forward every year to assisting with setup on the Friday and then enjoying the festival as a spectator. When I try to explain to friends or other attendees how much pride and happiness I experience each year, I have trouble holding back my emotions. Perhaps that comes with the aging process, but I truly feel that MGF and PLHF are my passion. My heart and soul are in this. By attending since 1986 and volunteering since 1993, I am giving back to MGF, PLHF, and the state of Hawaii for all the joy and opportunities I have encountered.

I am sure there are people who have dreamed about being able to become part of such a noble cause in a place they love which is not their actual home. I have been blessed with this opportunity and will continue being part of this until physically or mentally I can no longer travel or move. I pray that the good Lord will bless me with many more years of service.
With sincere aloha,
Cynthia Cyrus

 

Gwen Riggs, Honolulu, Hawaii
This is a simple mahalo for the glorious weekend of the Prince Lot Hula Festival XLI, Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii. As this is the 41st year I realized that I rather took this festival for granted. Every year as summer arrives I anticipate these two days in July. So as I sat on these historic grounds of Hawaii I felt such gratitude for the Moanalua Gardens Foundation, the presenters of this festival, Iolani Palace, and all who work year round to make it happen.

This is a mahalo for all the Hālau who were extraordinary this year in their performances. Their dedications to your theme, Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha, in the dance brought smiles and tears of joy. The dancing was inspirational in the strength and pure beauty of hula. I know we are the recipients of years and years of practice and study.

This a mahalo to all the cultural practitioners who displayed their work and shared their knowledge of the Hawaiian traditions with us. What fun for us to eat delicious food and shop in the arts and crafts booths.

Sitting under the shade trees watching the dancers against the backdrop of Iolani Palace seemed a honor from our present day Hawaii to the people of Hawaii past, to the ancient leaders and chiefs, to the Hawaiian Monarchy. I saw the families with keiki and kūpuna together. There was so much happiness, laughter and unity during the entire weekend. This celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival is a treasure for the people of Hawaii and visitors alike, representing the heritage of the very core of the Hawaiian Islands.

Mahalo again for your dedication, work and the work of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Board of Directors, who continue to bring this venue to our community and to the visitors of our islands.

Aloha Pumehana.

 

Keith Maile, Cultural Practitioner, Maunalani Design Group,

Moanalua Gardens Foundation always treats us like Royalty. Couldn’t be any better treated by all support staff and services. Excellent. I liked that Iolani Palace is so Historical… people get the cultural connection of what we demonstrate and share. Excellent location.

Many thanks MGF for always putting on a “First Class Event” consistently every year. Also kudos to your wonder Staff and team.

Mahalo.

 

Caroline Affonso, Lauhala Weaver, Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika’i

Mahalo for all your hard work in the coordination of this annual event. We appreciate all that you do to make this event a success.

Mahalo.

 

Dexter Soares, Ipu Maker, Ipu by Keala

Mahalo a nui loa for your continued good works with and Annual Prince Lot Hula Fesival.  As always, I really enjoy this event, including the many hālau participating in Hula Kahiko and Hula `Auana in a beautiful non-competitive setting.  The dances were beautiful, likewise the musicians were excellent, with Kimo Kahoano doing an excellent job as MC.  I enjoyed his narration and nahenahe style as MC.  FANTASTIC.  In addition, I always enjoy meeting with other vendors.  To me, it is like an annual reunion with the regular and new vendor participants.

‘O wau no.

 

Charlita Mahoe, Food Vendor, Mahoe’s Hawaiian Delights

Aloha ALL of Moanalua Gardens Foundation…..Mahalo Nui for an awesome event! It is a privilege to be able to participate at an event on the grounds of Iolani Palace and you’ve made it a SUCCESSFUL one at that!

Hats off to your staff and crew, along with the Friends of Iolani Palace. The process has improved tremendously and it all begins with open communication which you (MGF) has initiated on behalf of the Vendors.

Mahalo hou!


Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado, Ka Hale I o Kāhala Hālau Hula
Congratulations on a very successful Prince Lot Festival. I felt like we were back at Moanalua because of the trees. If I can kōkua, please let me know.
On behalf of Brother Milton and Myself,

Much Love & Aloha

 

Kumu Hula Kamana`o Man`oi-Hyde, Hālau Māpuna Leo

Your staff is exceptional!!!  Mahalo for the hospitality.

There is nothing to not like about the grounds of our hale ali`i.  The comfort of the malu and the audience made the venue so much better.

All in all it was a wonderful day of hula.  We are so humbled by the experience and the opportunity.  Mahalo to you and your staff.

Me ka ha`aha`a

 

Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey, Ka Pā Nani `O Lilinoe

Mahalo nui for the opportunity to share our hula legacy at Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Prince Lot Hula Festival at ‘Iolani Palace.  

We enjoy being on the grounds of the home of our ali’i.  It feels like being at our own home and not just as a guest at someone else’s home. 

Also, we enjoy participating in the Prince Lot Hula Festival each year as well as promoting the event through T.V. spots.  Please call on us at any time if we can be of help in any way.

Mahalo nui loa for all that you do for the preservation of hula.

Ke aloha no. 

 

 

Mahalo to our Sponsors

~  Mahalo a nui loa to all of our major sponsors who helped make this year’s 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace a great success! New sponsors: Douglas Emmett Management Hawaii, LLC and IATSE, Local 665, International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees & Machine Operators.

Also, a big mahalo to our other sponsors whose support, both financial and in-kind, we deeply appreciate.

Friends of Iolani Palace, Pasha Hawai’i Transport Lines, Cadinha and Company, Ironworkers Union, Local 625 and Ironworkers Union, Local 625 Stabilization Fund, Laborer’s International Union of North America, Local 368, KINE Radio/Summit Media Corporation and Urgent Care Hawaii.


Comments from the Prince Lot Hula Festival

Read what our kumu and guests are saying about this year’s Prince Lot Hula Festival

Cynthia Cyrus, Volunteer, California

The 2018 PLHF was another success! It settled gracefully into its new venue and once again, for my 33rd year, I have witnessed the beauty and love and intensity of a cherished tradition. I was amazed at how just a few adjustments made the perfect setting this year in our new venue. Locating the stage with Iolani Palace in the background was brilliant. The stately edifice is a perfect tie-in to the journey of hula throughout Hawaii’s history. And staging the festival downtown among the historical setting lends well to drawing tourists as well as locals. It was obvious that our crowd was larger, especially on Sunday.

Just as last year, I was impressed with the recipients of awards. Interestingly for me there was a connection with one of last year’s hālau and the recipients of Saturday’s award which brought this full circle. Last year I saw Halau O Kekuhi, I believe for the first time, and an immense impression was left on me because of their level of expertise. Interestingly a few months later, I realized I would be seeing them again at a Southern California venue that I attend each year when they present their Hawaiian Series. I was bursting with pride and excitement when I informed my best friend who attends the series with me that we would be seeing the best ever hālau. Needless to say, she was impressed beyond expectation after the performance. Then for me to return to PLHF this year and witness the bestowing of the Malia Kau Award to Nalani Kanako’ole and Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele for their contributions to perpetuating hula traditions through their hālau was without a doubt a full circle experience.

This is a good example why I don’t intend to stop attending PLHF yearly. I so look forward every year to assisting with setup on the Friday and then enjoying the festival as a spectator. When I try to explain to friends or other attendees how much pride and happiness I experience each year, I have trouble holding back my emotions. Perhaps that comes with the aging process, but I truly feel that MGF and PLHF are my passion. My heart and soul are in this. By attending since 1986 and volunteering since 1993, I am giving back to MGF, PLHF, and the state of Hawaii for all the joy and opportunities I have encountered.

I am sure there are people who have dreamed about being able to become part of such a noble cause in a place they love which is not their actual home. I have been blessed with this opportunity and will continue being part of this until physically or mentally I can no longer travel or move. I pray that the good Lord will bless me with many more years of service.
With sincere aloha,
Cynthia Cyrus

 

Gwen Riggs, Honolulu, Hawaii
This is a simple mahalo for the glorious weekend of the Prince Lot Hula Festival XLI, Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii. As this is the 41st year I realized that I rather took this festival for granted. Every year as summer arrives I anticipate these two days in July. So as I sat on these historic grounds of Hawaii I felt such gratitude for the Moanalua Gardens Foundation, the presenters of this festival, Iolani Palace, and all who work year round to make it happen.

This is a mahalo for all the Hālau who were extraordinary this year in their performances. Their dedications to your theme, Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha, in the dance brought smiles and tears of joy. The dancing was inspirational in the strength and pure beauty of hula. I know we are the recipients of years and years of practice and study.

This a mahalo to all the cultural practitioners who displayed their work and shared their knowledge of the Hawaiian traditions with us. What fun for us to eat delicious food and shop in the arts and crafts booths.

Sitting under the shade trees watching the dancers against the backdrop of Iolani Palace seemed a honor from our present day Hawaii to the people of Hawaii past, to the ancient leaders and chiefs, to the Hawaiian Monarchy. I saw the families with keiki and kūpuna together. There was so much happiness, laughter and unity during the entire weekend. This celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival is a treasure for the people of Hawaii and visitors alike, representing the heritage of the very core of the Hawaiian Islands.

Mahalo again for your dedication, work and the work of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Board of Directors, who continue to bring this venue to our community and to the visitors of our islands.

Aloha Pumehana.

 

Keith Maile, Cultural Practitioner, Maunalani Design Group,

Moanalua Gardens Foundation always treats us like Royalty. Couldn’t be any better treated by all support staff and services. Excellent. I liked that Iolani Palace is so Historical… people get the cultural connection of what we demonstrate and share. Excellent location.

Many thanks MGF for always putting on a “First Class Event” consistently every year. Also kudos to your wonder Staff and team.

Mahalo.

 

Caroline Affonso, Lauhala Weaver, Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika’i

Mahalo for all your hard work in the coordination of this annual event. We appreciate all that you do to make this event a success.

Mahalo.

 

Dexter Soares, Ipu Maker, Ipu by Keala

Mahalo a nui loa for your continued good works with and Annual Prince Lot Hula Fesival.  As always, I really enjoy this event, including the many hālau participating in Hula Kahiko and Hula `Auana in a beautiful non-competitive setting.  The dances were beautiful, likewise the musicians were excellent, with Kimo Kahoano doing an excellent job as MC.  I enjoyed his narration and nahenahe style as MC.  FANTASTIC.  In addition, I always enjoy meeting with other vendors.  To me, it is like an annual reunion with the regular and new vendor participants.

‘O wau no.

 

Charlita Mahoe, Food Vendor, Mahoe’s Hawaiian Delights

Aloha ALL of Moanalua Gardens Foundation…..Mahalo Nui for an awesome event! It is a privilege to be able to participate at an event on the grounds of Iolani Palace and you’ve made it a SUCCESSFUL one at that!

Hats off to your staff and crew, along with the Friends of Iolani Palace. The process has improved tremendously and it all begins with open communication which you (MGF) has initiated on behalf of the Vendors.

Mahalo hou!


Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado, Ka Hale I o Kāhala Hālau Hula
Congratulations on a very successful Prince Lot Festival. I felt like we were back at Moanalua because of the trees. If I can kōkua, please let me know.
On behalf of Brother Milton and Myself,

Much Love & Aloha

 

Kumu Hula Kamana`o Man`oi-Hyde, Hālau Māpuna Leo

Your staff is exceptional!!!  Mahalo for the hospitality.

There is nothing to not like about the grounds of our hale ali`i.  The comfort of the malu and the audience made the venue so much better.

All in all it was a wonderful day of hula.  We are so humbled by the experience and the opportunity.  Mahalo to you and your staff.

Me ka ha`aha`a

 

Kumu Hula Lilinoe Lindsey, Ka Pā Nani `O Lilinoe

Mahalo nui for the opportunity to share our hula legacy at Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Prince Lot Hula Festival at ‘Iolani Palace.  

We enjoy being on the grounds of the home of our ali’i.  It feels like being at our own home and not just as a guest at someone else’s home. 

Also, we enjoy participating in the Prince Lot Hula Festival each year as well as promoting the event through T.V. spots.  Please call on us at any time if we can be of help in any way.

Mahalo nui loa for all that you do for the preservation of hula.

Ke aloha no. 

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2018 Halau History

Hālau History


Saturday Hālau
July 21, 2018

9:30 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. Congratulations once again to Nalani and her sister Pualani, recipients of the 2018 Malia Kau Award!

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 34 years, Coline first performed at the Prince Lot Hula Festival in its formative years in the late 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 43 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 – Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua – Kumu Hula Pohaikealoha Souza
Based in Kaka`ako, O`ahu, for 22 years, 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 are truly “the descendants of the Lehua” and 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.” Haumana (students) range in age from 5 year-old keiki to 80 plus kūpuna. 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.

11:10 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”.

11:35 am – Hui Ho’oulu Aloha – Kumu Hula Pōmaika’i Krueger
Founded in the late 1970s by Nā Kumu Hula Keith Awai, Cy Bridges, Enoka Kaina and Bill Wallace, the hālau is now led by Kumu Hula Pōmaika’i Krueger. Located in Lāie, Ko’olauloa, Hui Ho’oulu Aloha is associated with the Polynesian Cultural Center. The focus of the hālau is to increase aloha or love. Love for the hula, love for the stories and traditions of our ancestors and love throughout our communities – one to another. It is the goal of the hālau to instill these values and ancient knowledge in a new generation so that aloha can be perpetuated for generations to come.

1:10 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 18 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.

1:35 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. Mililani 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. In 1999, honoring Mililani’s request, Makalapua changed the name of the hālau to Hālau Hula `O Kaleipuaimilia. Mililani’s legacy continues through Makalapua and her alaka’i (teachers) along with new mele (songs) which she shares with the community, at competitions, out-of state, and at the Prince Lot Hula Festival today.

2:00 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 41st 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.

2:25 pm – Hālau Ha’a Hula ‘O Kekau’ilani, Na Pua Hala O Kailua – Kumu Hula Charlani A.K. Kalama
Daughter of the late Kumu Hula Elizabeth Kekau’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 (students) includes those from Kailua, Waimanalo, France, Sweden, California, Japan and Korea.

2:50 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-Kekau’ilanikaai’akawaha Kalama, open Ka Ipu Ha`a `o Kekau`ilani – Na Pua Hala `o Kau`ai, in Anahola on the island of Kaua`i. Like her sister Charlani, Puna 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.

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 in Wai’anae 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.

3:45 pm Pau – Hawai`i Aloha


Sunday Hālau
July 22, 2018

10:30 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.

11:05 am – Hālau Hula Maunalei – Kumu Hula Lelehua Maunahina Bray
Founded in 2009 in Holualoa, on Hawai`i Island, Hālau Hula Maunalei, is led by Kumu Hula Lelehua Bray who studied under Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang at his hālau in Kamuela and uniki (graduated) from his school in 2002. After teaching at Kumu Pang’s  hālau for five years, she opened her own hālau and now shares her gift of hula with students of all ages, from 5 to 75. The great granddaughter of composer, entertainer and hula expert, Lydia Maunahina Dusson Bray, Kumu Bray’s mission is to teach others to love and embrace the traditions and art of hula as I have been taught by my lineage.

11:30 am – Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua—Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona
Based in Wailuku, Maui, and fourth place winner of this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival’s wāhine ‘auana category, Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua was originally founded on O’ahu in 2004. It relocated to Maui in 2006 when Kumu Kukona returned to his home island. A 2003 ‘uniki (graduate) of Kumu Hula Mae Kamāmalu Klein who carried on the legacy of the late Kumu Hula Maiki Aiu Lake, Kumu Kukona is part of this renowned hula ohana. The hālau teaches all aspects of the Hawaiian culture, including, ‘ōlelo (language), mo’olelo (stories) and hana no’eau (hula arts), to students from 3 to 85. Kumu Kamaka received another honor this year when he was named 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Nā Hoku Hanohano Hawaiian Music Awards. Congratulations and welcome to Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua performing for the first time at the Prince Lot Hula Festival!

1:05 pm – 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 Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. Named by Vicky’s kumu hula, Maiki Aiu Lake, it means the Royal ‘Ilima Blossom alluding to Vickyʻs graduation from Maiki’s Papa ‘Ilima, the ‘ilima class, and as a descendant from Hawaiian royalty. The recipient of Moanalua Gardens Foundation’s Malia Kau and Kukui O Lota awards, kumu Takamine teaches her haumana (students) to 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. The hālau celebrates today 41 years of performing at the Prince Lot Hula Festival and its founding. They look forward to a new era of hula here at Iolani Palace.

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 – 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) include 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,” caring for one another.

2:20 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 33 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!

2:45 pm – Hālau Kealakapawa – Kumu Hula Michael Ka`ilipūnohu Canopin
Founded in 1990, 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 second time with his hālau. We welcome him and his hālau back to the festival! 


 

2018 Halau Performing

 

Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha

41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival

Hālau Hula Line-Up

Day 1, Saturday, July 21 – 9am to 4pm

9:00 am Welcome and sponsor acknowledgements, Kimo Kahoano
 
9:05 am Opening procession, Royal Order of Kamehameha
Malia Kau Awards Presentation 
 
9:30 am Hālau o Kekuhi, Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole
 
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 Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua, Kumu Hula Pohai Souza
 
11:10 am Ka Hale I o Kahala Hālau Hula, Kumu Hula Leimomi I-Maldonado
 
11:35 am Hui Ho‘oulu Aloha, Kumu Hula Pomaika‘i Kreuger
 
12 Noon Lunch Break
   
1:00 pm Welcome back, sponsor acknowledgements – Kimo Kahoano
 
1:10 pm Hālau Hula O Namakahulali, Kumu Hula Shirley Recca
 
1:35 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Kaleipuaimilia, Kumu Hula Cynthia Makalapua
Bernard
   
2:00 pm Hālau Hula O Kukunaokala, Nā Kumu Hula Elsie Ryder, Mel Enos
and Sulu Tafaoimalo
   
2:25 pm Hālau Ha‘a Hula ‘O Kekau‘ilani, Na Pua Hala O Kailua, Kumu Hula
Charlani A. K. Kalama
   
2:50 pm Ka Ipu Ha‘a ‘O Kekau‘ilani, Na Pua Hala O Kau‘ai, Japana, Europa
and Canada, Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson
   
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 Here to view Halau History and Background.
 

Day 2, Sunday, July 22 – 10 am to 3 pm

10:00 am Welcome, sponsor acknowledgements – Kimo Kahoano
   
10:05 am Opening Procession – Presentation of Namakahelu Oli Award Ho‘okupu
   
10:30 am Hālau Hula Ka No‘eau, Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang
   
11:05 am Hālau Hula Maunalei, Kumu Hula Lelehua Maunahina Bray
   
11:30 am Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona
   
12 Noon Lunch Break
   
1:00 pm Welcome, sponsor acknowledgements – Kimo Kahoano
   
1:05 pm Pua Ali‘i‘Ilima, Nā Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Jeffrey
Kānekaiwilani Takamine
   
1:30 pm Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva
   
1:55 pm Ka Pā Nani ‘O Lilinoe, Kumu Hula Lilīnoe Lindsey
   
2:20 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani, Nā Kumu Hula Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani
Kawai and Leonani Naho‘oikaika
   
2:45 pm Hālau Kealakapawa, Kumu Hula Michael Ka‘ilipūnohu Canopin
   
3:05 pm Pau – Hawaiʻi Aloha
 Click Here to view Halau History and Background.

Note: Times are approximate and subject to change.

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41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace Will Feature Twenty Hālau Hula and Awards to Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, Nalani Kanaka‘ole and Kalena Silva. Free Palace Admission on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha…The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival taking place at Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will showcase twenty of Hawai`i’s finest hālau hula (hula groups) over the festival weekend. A performance line-up is attached.

The largest non-competitive hula exhibition in Hawai‘i, the festival will return to Iolani Palace where Prince Lot Kapuāiwa maintained his official residence. Presented by Moanalua Gardens foundation (MGF), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Hawaii`s native culture and natural resources, the festival recently won the 2018 Best Tourism Award for Heritage and Culture from aio Media and Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is the Presenting Sponsor.

Festival highlights include an impressive Opening Ceremony led by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Chapters 1, 6 and 8, on Saturday at 9 am followed by the presentation of MGF’s prestigious Malia Kau Award to sisters and Nā Kumu Hula Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalanai Kanaka’ole of the renowned Hālau o Kekuhi from Hawai`i Island. This award is given solely to kumu hula who have, over their lifetime, made significant contributions to perpetuating Hawaii’s hula traditions and culture.

“Moanalua Gardens Foundation is proud to recognize Pua and Nalani for their leadership in advancing the art of hula worldwide and achieving in their own hālau a level of excellence that inspires all hula practitioners,” said Alika Jamile, Executive Director.

Twelve hālau hula will be showcased on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am with Hālau o Kekuhi and including, Coline Aiu’s Hālau Hula O Maiki, Niuli`i Heine’s Nā Pualei o Likolehua, and Maui’s Kamaka Kukona’s award-winning Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, and more. Puna Kalama Dawson’s Ka Ipu Ha`a o’ Kekauilani, Na Pua Hala o’ Kau`ai, Japana, Europa a me Canada will represent the island of Kau`ai.

On Sunday at 10 am master chanter Kalena Silva will receive MGF’s second annual Namakahelu Oli Award for his contributions to the preservation of this ancient art form and for his extensive knowledge of oli and skill in chanting.

“As with our Malia Kau Award, Moanalua Gardens Foundation chose to select a foremost practitioner from Hawai’i Island for its Namakahelu Oli Award and Kalena is an outstanding choice,” said Jamile.

“Over a 30-year career, he has gained an excellent reputation for his study of and originality in chanting and has performed, taught, and lectured on Hawaiian music, dance, and language in Hawaiʻi and abroad,” Jamile continued.

Sunday’s featured hālau include Leimomi I Maldonado’s Ka Hale I o Kahala Hālau Hula, Vicky Holt Takamine’s Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani led by the late Hokulani De Rego’s three daughters, Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai and Leonani Naho`oikaika, and more. Hawai’i Island will again be represented by Lelehua Bray’s Hālau Hula Maunalei from Holualoa.

Making their debut at the festival will be Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua and Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona from Maui. The hālau placed fourth in this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival for the mele Pōlehoonālani written by Kuana Torres Kahele and Kukona won the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Also, Hui Ho’oulu Aloha and Kumu Hula Pomaikai’i Kreuger will be performing for the first time. One of the hālau founders, Cy Bridges, received the inaugural Namakahelu Oli Award last year.

Other highlights include a pre-festival concert by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club on Saturday at 8:30 am, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair featuring local crafters, demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts by noted cultural practitioners, including poi pounding, lauhala weaving, kapa making, ipu heke making, feather lei making, ukulele making and more.

Food vendors will offer a variety of mouth-watering local specialties featuring Hawaiian plates, shave ice, and other island favorites.

On Saturday and Sunday, entrance to the first floor of Iolani Palace will be free.

“We welcome both kama`āina and malihini,” to our second Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace and invite the entire community and visitors to join us for this special tribute to Hawaii’s ali’i who lived and ruled on the sacred grounds of the Palace,” said Jamile.

There is no charge to attend the festival, however, a button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event. Limited edition tee shirts and a souvenir poster will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.

The public, and visitors, are welcome to bring their low beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities at historic Iolani Palace. No commercial photography is allowed.

Festival sponsors and supporters include, National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Douglas Emmett, Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Airlines, The Queen’s Medical Center, Matson Navigation, Royal Hawaiian Center, IATSE Local 665, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, Pasha Hawaii, Iolani Palace, Urgent Care Hawaii 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 attract thousands of residents and visitors each year.

Click to view participating hālau and a festival performance schedule. For more information about about the festival and MGF, please call 808.839.5334.

A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture and environment of Hawai’i through education and stewardship of Kamananui
(Moanalua) Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace. MGF depends upon grants and donations to cover festival costs. To make a donation or become a member please visit Donations
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The Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival Wins aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Top Award

The Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival took the top award for Best Tourism Events – Heritage and Cultural Event at the inaugural aio Media Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Awards held recently at the Hawai’i Convention Center.

Created to recognize leadership and excellence in the tourism industry, the awards honored organizations and individuals in 14 separate categories for their contributions to Hawai’i’s largest industry, tourism.

The 2018 festival, Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha…The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, will return to Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who helped reprise hula and reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872 at his official residence on the palace grounds.

Admission to the Palace during the festival will be free.

Presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival is the largest non-competitive hula celebration in the islands. “We are deeply grateful to aio Media and the Hawai’i Lodging and Tourism Association for this award. This recognition would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our Festival Committee, staff, volunteers, sponsors and donors, and our Board of Directors, who work tirelessly to make the festival the success that it is,” said Alika Jamile, Executive Director and President.

“We also wish to acknowledge the many kumu hula and their hālau who showcase the best of our hula traditions each year. They are the heartbeat of the festival”, Jamile said. “We encourage the entire community to join us for two days of great hula, food and cultural activities at the palace.”

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

Hālau from every major island will be participating and their kumu have been encouraged to include dancers from their out-of-state branches.

On Sunday, MGF will honor respected chanter Kalena Silva with its Namakahelu Oli Award as part of the opening program. The event will also feature a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and more.
Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Limited edition tee shirts and souvenir kōkua buttons will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.

The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities in the magnificent setting of Iolani Palace. 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, Iolani Palace, Hawaiian Airlines, Matson Navigation, Pasha Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, and Urgent Care Hawaii.

For more information, please call 808.839.5334 or contact us via email: info@moanaluagardensfoundation.org

A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture and environment of Hawai’i through education and stewardship of Kamananui
(Moanalua) Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace. MGF depends upon grants and donations to cover festival costs. To make a donation or become a member please visit Donations
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2018 Prince Lot Hula Festival

View the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53. See below for airdates and times:

Prince Lot Hula Festival 2018: Part 1
Date Time Channel  
8/22/2018 6:00 PM OLELO53  
8/23/2018 10:00 PM OLELO53  
8/29/2018 4:30 PM OLELO53  
8/31/2018 8:00 AM OLELO53  
       
Prince Lot Hula Festival 2018 Part 2
Date Time Channel  
8/22/2018 8:00 PM OLELO53  
8/24/2018 10:00 PM OLELO53  
8/30/2018 8:00 AM OLELO53  
8/31/2018 3:00 PM OLELO53  

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41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace Will Feature Twenty Hālau Hula and Awards to Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, Nalani Kanaka‘ole and Kalena Silva. Free Palace Admission on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22

Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha…The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival taking place at Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will showcase twenty of Hawai`i’s finest hālau hula (hula groups) over the festival weekend. A performance line-up is attached.

The largest non-competitive hula exhibition in Hawai‘i, the festival will return to Iolani Palace where Prince Lot Kapuāiwa maintained his official residence. Presented by Moanalua Gardens foundation (MGF), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Hawaii`s native culture and natural resources, the festival recently won the 2018 Best Tourism Award for Heritage and Culture from aio Media and Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is the Presenting Sponsor.

Festival highlights include an impressive Opening Ceremony led by the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Chapters 1, 6 and 8, on Saturday at 9 am followed by the presentation of MGF’s prestigious Malia Kau Award to sisters and Nā Kumu Hula Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalanai Kanaka’ole of the renowned Hālau o Kekuhi from Hawai`i Island. This award is given solely to kumu hula who have, over their lifetime, made significant contributions to perpetuating Hawaii’s hula traditions and culture.

“Moanalua Gardens Foundation is proud to recognize Pua and Nalani for their leadership in advancing the art of hula worldwide and achieving in their own hālau a level of excellence that inspires all hula practitioners,” said Alika Jamile, Executive Director.

Twelve hālau hula will be showcased on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am with Hālau o Kekuhi and including, Coline Aiu’s Hālau Hula O Maiki, Niuli`i Heine’s Nā Pualei o Likolehua, and Maui’s Kamaka Kukona’s award-winning Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua, and more. Puna Kalama Dawson’s Ka Ipu Ha`a o’ Kekauilani, Na Pua Hala o’ Kau`ai, Japana, Europa a me Canada will represent the island of Kau`ai.

On Sunday at 10 am master chanter Kalena Silva will receive MGF’s second annual Namakahelu Oli Award for his contributions to the preservation of this ancient art form and for his extensive knowledge of oli and skill in chanting.

“As with our Malia Kau Award, Moanalua Gardens Foundation chose to select a foremost practitioner from Hawai’i Island for its Namakahelu Oli Award and Kalena is an outstanding choice,” said Jamile.

“Over a 30-year career, he has gained an excellent reputation for his study of and originality in chanting and has performed, taught, and lectured on Hawaiian music, dance, and language in Hawaiʻi and abroad,” Jamile continued.

Sunday’s featured hālau include Leimomi I Maldonado’s Ka Hale I o Kahala Hālau Hula, Vicky Holt Takamine’s Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, Hālau Hula ‘O Hokulani led by the late Hokulani De Rego’s three daughters, Leinani Lauaki, Kehaulani Kawai and Leonani Naho`oikaika, and more. Hawai’i Island will again be represented by Lelehua Bray’s Hālau Hula Maunalei from Holualoa.

Making their debut at the festival will be Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua and Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukona from Maui. The hālau placed fourth in this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival for the mele Pōlehoonālani written by Kuana Torres Kahele and Kukona won the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Also, Hui Ho’oulu Aloha and Kumu Hula Pomaikai’i Kreuger will be performing for the first time. One of the hālau founders, Cy Bridges, received the inaugural Namakahelu Oli Award last year.

Other highlights include a pre-festival concert by the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club on Saturday at 8:30 am, a Hawaiian-themed craft fair featuring local crafters, demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian arts by noted cultural practitioners, including poi pounding, lauhala weaving, kapa making, ipu heke making, feather lei making, ukulele making and more.

Food vendors will offer a variety of mouth-watering local specialties featuring Hawaiian plates, shave ice, and other island favorites.

On Saturday and Sunday, entrance to the first floor of Iolani Palace will be free.

“We welcome both kama`āina and malihini,” to our second Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace and invite the entire community and visitors to join us for this special tribute to Hawaii’s ali’i who lived and ruled on the sacred grounds of the Palace,” said Jamile.

There is no charge to attend the festival, however, a button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event. Limited edition tee shirts and a souvenir poster will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.

The public, and visitors, are welcome to bring their low beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities at historic Iolani Palace. No commercial photography is allowed.

Festival sponsors and supporters include, National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Douglas Emmett, Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Airlines, The Queen’s Medical Center, Matson Navigation, Royal Hawaiian Center, IATSE Local 665, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, Pasha Hawaii, Iolani Palace, Urgent Care Hawaii 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 attract thousands of residents and visitors each year.

Click to view participating hālau and a festival performance schedule. For more information about about the festival and MGF, please call 808.839.5334.

A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture and environment of Hawai’i through education and stewardship of Kamananui
(Moanalua) Valley and celebration of the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace. MGF depends upon grants and donations to cover festival costs. To make a donation or become a member please visit Donations
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2018 Halau Performing

 

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
   
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Note: Times are approximate and subject to change.

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Saturday Hālau

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, Oahu, 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-Kaaikawaakekauilani Kalama, open Ka Ipu Haa o Kekau`ilani – Na Pua Hala o Kauai, in Anahola on the island of Kauai. 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 Hawaii.

2:50 pm Hālau Hula ‘O Kaleipuaimilia – Kumu Hula Cynthia Makalapua Bernard
Located on the Waianae Coast in the ahupuaa of Lualualei on Oahu, 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 Leinaala 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
Kamanao Manoi-Hyde has been Kumu Hula of Hālau Mapuna Leo since 2002, as well as the Kumu since 2004 of Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School serving 627 students on the Leeward Coast of Oahu. 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 moolelo (stories), Kamanao 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.


Sunday Hālau

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 hōihi (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 Kakaako, Oahu, Hālau Hula Kamamolikolehua is a non-competitive hālau which carries on the hula kui 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, hōihi, 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.

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