Kokua Kailua, palace concert (Jan. 15)

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Start off your New Year at Historic Kailua Village’s monthly Kokua Kailua. 2012’s inaugural Kokua Kailua takes place Sunday, January 15 along scenic oceanfront Alii Drive, which becomes a pedestrian-only thoroughfare 1-6 p.m.

Kokua Kailua is an opportunity to spend a family-friendly afternoon perusing the shops and restaurants in Historic Kailua Village in addition to the many vendors that participate in the monthly event.

Then enjoy an Afternoon at Hulihee Palace on the lawn beginning at 4 p.m. (Bring your own lawn chairs for full enjoyment of the event).

Next month’s Kokua Kailua is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.

Palace honors Hawaiian king, past curator

The Daughters of Hawaii and Calabash Cousins present their first free monthly Afternoon at Hulihee for 2012 on Sunday, Jan. 15. The 4 p.m. event on the grounds of Hulihee Palace remembers the late King Lunalilo and past palace curator, Iolani Luahine.

The event presents the Hulihee Palace Band, the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

King Charles Lunalilo (1835-1874) was known as the “people’s king” as he was popular with all his subjects. During his abbreviated, 390-day reign, Lunalilo advocated the legislature to remove property qualifications for the right to vote and asked for the separation of the legislature into two houses.

He also thought the kingdom should give Pearl Harbor to the U.S. in exchange for duty-free Hawaiian sugar into California.

“During Lunalilo’s short reign, he tried to make the kingdom’s government more democratic,” said Casey Ballao, palace docent coordinator. “His efforts were cut short by tuberculosis.”

Iolani Luahine (1915-1978) served as curator of Hulihee Palace from 1973 to 1978. She was born Harriet Lanihau Makekau in Napoopoo, but was renamed Iolani, after the Hawaiian hawk.

Luahine was a master of hula and named a “Living Treasure” in 1972; she was invited three times to perform at the National Folk Festival in Washington D.C.

Hulihee Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihee Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours.

For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org

The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihee Palace are the Daughters of Hawaii. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880.

Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2012 Afternoon at Hulihee schedule

All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua Ui O Hawaii Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihee Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

Jan. 15: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty Iolani Luahine

Feb. 19: Event remembering Princess Ruth Keelikolani

March 18: Band appearance remembering Queen Kaahumanu and Prince Kuhio

April 15: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert

May 20: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”

June 10: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”

July 15: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini

Aug. 26: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”

Sept. 16: Band appearance remembering Queen Liliuokalani

Oct. 21: Event remembering Princess Kaiulani

Nov. 18: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud” Dant

Dec. 16: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

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