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
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
"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,"
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
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
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)
More About the Prince Lot Hula Festival
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