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Festival celebrates hula master Luahine


Join in the celebration and learn about the life of the great hula master Iolani Luahine in a day long festival, Saturday, Jan. 31 at Keauhou Beach Resort.

Celebrate her birthday will some of Hawaii’s prestigious hula masters – all students of Iolani Luahine – sharing her hula in a workshop for all to participate. There will be a special appearance by Hula Loea Master George Naope.
Hula work shops are being offered in kahiko and auana.

Kamehameha Investment Corporation hosts a tour to the newly rebuilt Hapaialii and Keeku heiau and to nearby Makolea heiau. You are invited to bring a hoopuku (offering).

The evening will culminate with a film featuring Iolani Luahine and her hula, and poi supper with entertainment by Darlene Ahuna and Lena Naipo and the Hawaiians Unlimited.

A panel discussion will follow with Iolani Luahine’s students; Queenie Dowsett, Hilda Keanaaina, George Naope, Hoakaleihina Kamauu, Poni Kamauu and Nathan Napoka.

Tickets are available by calling Leo at 966-9845 or pick them up at Keauhou Beach Resort. The hotel is offering its kamaaina room rate of $119 a night, which includes breakfast for two.

A lei of remembrance He Lei Hiwa No Iolani Luahine is supported in part by R& D – County of Hawaii, Keauhou Beach Resort, Kamehameha Investment Corporation, The Hula Preservation Society, and Hula Halau O Kou Lima Nani E, Inc.

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