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Prince Lot Hula Festival
Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu

The Prince Lot Hula Festival is a large, non-competitive hula festival held every year since 1978 at the Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu. The event is usually held on the third Sunday in July.

2009 Prince Lot Hula Festival
The 32nd Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu. The theem of the 2009 festival is "Ke Alana o Moanalua…the Awakening of Moanalua".

Prince Lot Hula Festivals of the Past
Information about Prince Lot Hula Festivals from 1978 through the present day.

The Prince Lot Hula festival was founded by Nalani Olds, who got the idea in 1977 and the first festival took place in 1978. Today it attractions up to 8000 residents and visitors every year.

It is a non-competitive hula festival. That's one of the things that makes it special. it is a showcase event for loal hula halau.

In the beginning it was only ancient hula (hula kahiko) but today it is a mix of modern and old tyle.

No recorded music is allowed. Halau must bring their own musicians. Some years the event features workshops and demonstrations by Hawaii artists and crafters and sometimes the Queen Emma Hawaiian Civicv Club teaches Hawaiian games. Local style food is available for purchase. demos have included lauhala weaving, feather lei making, native hawaiian games, In booths at adjacent school, arts and craft vendors have booths and there are also booths selling ;plate lunches, shave ice, etc. Bring beach chairs, blankets, and mats to enjoy the festival. Proceeds from limited edition t-shirts and buttons will benefit Moanalua Gardens Foundations projects. Festival is free but donation is requested to help MGF porjects

At early festivals dancers performed on a stage set up in the gardens but later the Prince Lot Hula Mound was created.

Free shuttle provides transportation from large parking lot at Tripler Army Medical Center (is that stilltrue given higher security?)

festival is for both new and expereinced halau to share their style of hula

Festival has been recognized by the National Endowment ofr the Arts.

It received the "Keep It Hawaii" Kahili Award from the Hawai Visitors and Convention Bureau in 1990 and 1999.

- he reigned Hawaii as King Kamehameha V
- he had a summer home in theMoanalua Gardens area
- it is on the grounds
- entertained guests at dinner parties with hula
- he supported hula so festival was named in his honor
- ruled hawaii from 1863 to 1872

You can support the Prince Lot Hula Festival by becoming a member of the Moanalua Gardens Foundation. "Moanalua Gardens Foundation was started in 1970 to research and document the significant cultural and natural sites of Kamananui Valley in Moanalua in an effort to prevent the H-3 freeway from going through the valley," explains MGF executive director Marilyn Schoenke. "The Prince Lot Hula Festival was then established in 1978 as a way to thank the community for its support of the foundation’s goals."

Moanalua Gardens Foundation
1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96819-1754
Phone: (808) 839-5334 • Fax: (808) 839-3658
Email: mgf-hawaii@hawaii.rr.com

See also:
- Other Oahu Festivals
- Festivals on Other Islands

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Elsewhere on the Web
American Local Legacy: Prince Lot Hula Festival
Midweek Magazine: For the Love of Hula http://www.nea.gov/about/06Annual/Grants.pdf 2006 NEA Annual Grants Highlighted

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