Huaka`i o Kamananui // 36th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival // July 20th

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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.

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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!

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“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.

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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.

2011_Red_HalauFor a full schedule and more information, check out Moanalua Gardens Foundation