Huaka`i o Kamananui // 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival // July 20th
Moanalua Gardens Foundation presents “Huaka`i o Kamananui…A Journey Into Kamananui”, sickness the 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival, price at spectacular Moanalua Gardens on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The largest non-competitive hula celebration in Hawai‘i, the festival is held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapu?iwa who reprised the once forbidden hula in the district of Moanalua.
This all-day festival will be held in the beautiful Moanalua Gardens showcases hula h?lau gracing the hula mound for spectators to enjoy. Native Hawaiian culture and features crafts, kapa making, lauhala weaving, lomilomi massage, traditional Hawaiian games, & more!
“Our theme reflects MGF’s journey through the years to perpetuate the oli (chants) of Kamananui (Moanalua) through performance at the festival,” said Alika Jamile, MGF Executive Director and President. “It also represents the journey each h?lau hula (hula school) takes to travel to the festival and perform these ancient oli for the public,” Jamile stated.The exhibition will feature both hula k?hiko (ancient) hula and chant, and ‘auana (modern) hula. Dancers will perform on an authentic p? hula (hula mound). A special opening ceremony will showcase some of Hawai‘i’s top h?lau hula who will present a ho‘ike (show) that will be performed for the first time ever at the festival.Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Limited edition tee shirts and a souvenir button will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.There is no charge to attend the festival, however, a $5 button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event.
Named in memory of King Kamehameha V, Prince Lot, the festival was founded in 1978 by MGF and now attracts up to 10,000 residents and visitors each year. Moanalua was a favorite recreation spot for Prince Lot, who is credited with reviving the hula in the district of Moanalua. His summer cottage can be found on the gardens’ grounds.
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.
For a full schedule and more information, check out Moanalua Gardens Foundation