‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival
January 25, 2019 - January 26, 2019
The 17th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held January 26 & 27, 2018 at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. The ‘Iolani Luahine Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of kumu hula ‘Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture.
This year the festival will again include hula presentations, and a challenge to kumu hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of ‘Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture. The festival will feature hula workshops and Ni’ihau shell jewelry workshops with Kumu Kele Kanahele featuring lei in the pikake style. Hula presentations will begin at 4pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, opio, wahine and kane presentations.
The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the festival. A Friday evening Hawaiian music concert which helps support the festival will begin at 6:30pm featuring Lehua Kawaikapuakalani Hewett & friends; tickets are $15 and will be available online and at the door. On Saturday, the festival will offer quality Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans beginning at 11:00 am.
About ‘Iolani Luahine
‘Iolani Luahine was born in 1915 in Nāpo’opo’o. ‘Iolani Luahine was admired as a famed hula dancer that preserved the ancient dance traditions. She was trained by her aunt Keahi Luahine, and she taught and coached her niece Hoakalei Kamau’u. Aunty ‘Iolani’s superb talents, attractiveness to audiences, and personal commitment kept the ancient dance art from being lost. Her career is testament to the adage that dances are passed down like myths, from one artist to another. ‘Iolani Luahine is one of Hawai’i’s premier performers and cultural treasures.
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