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32nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
July 18, 2009

The 32nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from about 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Honolulu, Hawaii - Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) will present "Ke Alana o Moanalua…the Awakening of Moanalua," the 32nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at spectacular Moanalua Gardens on Saturday, July 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The largest non-competitive hula event in Hawaii, the festival honors Prince Lot Kapuaiwa who reprised the once banned hula in the district of Moanalua.

A historical and cultural treasure, Moanalua Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in Honolulu on the island of O`ahu. Once a botanical garden, it is home to rare trees, foliage and historic structures.

"In 2009, we will add more hula protocol signaling a new beginning for the Prince Lot Hula Festival," said Alika Jamile, MGF President. "Moanalua Gardens Foundation will use our rich archival resources to enhance the hula experience for our dancers and spectators," he said.

"The opening ceremonies will include special oli (chants) that was passed on from Namakahelu, the last chantress of Moanalua," Jamile said.

Hula halau featured in the festival will come from the Leeward area of Oahu, where Prince Lot once invited his dancers from, as well as halau from other parts of Oahu.

The event celebrates hula kahiko, ancient hula and chant, and will feature auana (modern) hula performances as well. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pa hula (hula mound) in Hawaii.

Highlights include an interactive poi pounding demonstration, lua (Hawaiian martial arts) demonstration), a pre-festival performance by the Kamehameha Schools Men's Alumni Glee Club and a noon concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band.

There is no cost to attend the festival, however, a $5 kokua button donation is requested to help defray festival costs.

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.

Festival sponsors and supporters include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaii State Legislature, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the City and County of Honolulu and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture, environment, and people of Hawaii through education.

Named in memory of King Kamehameha V, Prince Lot, the festival was founded in 1978 by MGF and now attracts more than 8,000 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.

Participating halau and a festival performance schedule will be announced. For more information about MGF, please visit MGF's w ebsite at www.mgf-hawaii.org or call 808.839.5334. News media may contact P. M. Worsham at phone 808.263.5544; cell: 808.497.4084 or e-mail pmworsham@pmwconsult.com.

Prince Lot Hula Festival XXXII
Performing Halau (Not in order of appearance)
-Ka Pa Hula o Kauanoe o Waahila (Kumu Hula Maelia Lobenstein)
-Halau Hula o Maiki (Kumu Hula Coline Aiu)
-Puukaikapuaokalani )Kumu Hula Ellen Castillo)
-Halau Na Kamalei (Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero)
-Na Pualei o Likolehua (Kumu Hula Leinaala Heine)
-Na Keiki o Ka Aina o Punahou (Kumu Hula Lehua Hulihee)
-Halau Hula Ka Noeau (Kumu Hula Michael Pang)
-Pua Alii Ilima (Kumu Hula Vicky Takamine)
-Ka Leo o Laka I Ka Hikina o Ka La (Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad)

See also:
- More About the Prince Lot Hula Festival
- Other Oahu Hula Festivals
- Hula Festivals on Other Islands

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