For the love of hula

With no competition, just celebration, and danced outdoors on a traditional hula mound, the Prince Lot Hula Festival is the anti-Merrie Monarch

Rasa Fournier
Wednesday - July 14, 2010
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Girls of Halau Hula O Maiki perform in 2009

subject of culture and history, Takamine notes that at least part of her halau’s performance will honor King Kamehameha I, since this year marks the 200th anniversary of his unification of the Hawaiian Islands.

Moanalua Gardens and all of Kamananui Valley is a place to be celebrated, as detailed by kumu hula Leina’ala Kalama Heine, who created this year’s theme. Her inspiration was that Moanalua was home to a large community of Hawaiian people and that the land is rich in water resources.

“When I tried to think of a very good theme that can incorporate everything - not just water itself, but the kind of things that they have in that area that is rich in history and culture,” says Heine, “I thought of the springs that reside in Moanalua.”

Heine also mentions that this performance is a privileged peek at many halau that are not commonly seen in public as they do not attend hula competitions, and adds that the craft lineup is the best the island offers, from feather lei making to poi pounding, surfboard shaping, seed lei making and much more.

“Moanalua Gardens is home to so many native trees and foliage, and historic structures abound,” concludes Heine.

“And to have local food presented that day, and to finish it off, performances by the best of Hawaii nei - to all of Hawaii, please come down and spend an afternoon in a wonderful setting at Moanalua Gardens.”

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