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Hula festival honors Kalakaua (Nov. 20)


E Mau Ana Ka Hula—A Hula Festival to honor Hawaii Island Merry Monarch King David Kalakaua is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 on the historic grounds of the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The public and visitors are invited to attend this free event, which will feature hula halau from Hawaii Island, Europe, and Japan performing both kahiko (ancient style) and auana (modern style) of hula.

E Mau Ana Ka Hula is a unique opportunity for the diverse kumu hula (teachers and masters of hula) to showcase the work of their haumana (students).

“Aohe pau ka ike i ka Halau Hookahi — Not all knowledge is gained from one school.”

An opening ceremony to dress the stage in honor of the goddess of the hula Laka will take place 8–9 a.m. in the hotel’s luau grounds with Kumu Hula Keala Ching and Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola. Halau may present hookupu (gifts for Laka) at this time.

Chairs are provided, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold, and Hawaiian arts and crafts will be available for sale. Join us for this once-a-year unique opportunity to share the chants (oli), the songs (mele), dances (hula), and stories (olelo), accompanied with adornments and costumes that support the hula traditions.

The event is non-competitive and a true expression of the fine art of hula as it is practiced in today’s world.

Admission is free.

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