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‘A Celebration of Hula’ graces Waikoloa Bowl



Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Gardens

Waikoloa Bowl at Queens' Gardens



Queens’ MarketPlace invites kamaaina and visitors to experience the art of hula under the stars during “A Celebration of Hula,” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  

This free event presents authentic mele (song) and hula (dance) as interpreted by four of the Big Island’s most enduring halau. Traditional kahiko and modern auana forms will be shared, with focus on the young performers who honor Hawaii’s treasured hula traditions for their generation. 

Emcee Kumu Hula Keala Ching brings the keiki of Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola to enhance the show with their special spirit of youth. 

Inspired performances from keiki to kupuna are presented by the skilled dancers of Halau Hula na Lehua E Liko No Ka Wailani (Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs) and Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna (Kumu Hula Donna Jensen.)  Other highlights include a special appearance by about 30 dancers from Hilo’s Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama, Kumu Hula Emery Aceret.    

Aceret is a student of Kumu Hula Ray Fonseca.  

“I was very fortunate to be one of his first graduating (uniki) students,” Aceret said.  “Our kumu said he concentrated his education to pass it on to us in a short period of time; it was an ‘accelerated program’ of only 20 years!”  

The halau, named in honor of Queen Liliuokalani’s personal flower garden, was formed in 1996 to perpetuate the legacy of hula in Hawaii and honor its foundation, protocols and practices.  They will perform a selection of songs written by Her Majesty or about her life.  “Kaulana Na Pua” tells of her incarceration after the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown in 1893.  

“It is a song of sadness, but it’s an educational song too and we can share it with everybody so that these things will not be forgotten,” Aceret said. 

“We always want to share our host culture at Queens MarketPlace,” said Margo Mau-Bunnell, sales manager.  “Whether it’s music, hula, or any other kind of cultural celebration, it’s a privilege — and a kind of responsibility — to bring these performances to kamaaina and visitors too, at no charge to our audience.” 

Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating. Coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted inside Waikoloa Bowl.  

Schedule of Events

4:30 p.m. – Doors open 

5 p.m. – The keiki of Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola — Kumu Hula Keala Ching

5:30 p.m. – Halau Hula Na Lehua E Liko No Ka Wailani — Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs

6:30 p.m. – Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna — Kumu Hula Donna Jensen

7:30 p.m. – Halau Na Pua O Uluhaimalama — Kumu Hula Emery Aceret

— Find out more:

Queens’ MarketPlace: 886-8822,

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