.He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine
 Hula Festival &
Educational Challenge 

The 15th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on January 27 & 28, 2017 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. The 'Iolani Luahine Festival was established in 2003 with a vision to perpetuate the hula, and it also serves as a way to honor the memory of 'Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture.

Festival workshops will feature hula workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, and Ni’ihau shell lei, bracelet and/or earrings workshops with Kumu Kele Kanahele. 

Hula presentations will begin at 5pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Kawaikapuokalani Hewett & Friends will take stage for our evening entertainment after the awards ceremony. Saturday will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. 

Local artisans will be showcasing their work on Saturday beginning at 11:30 am, and ono food will be available also!

Click here for festival schedule and registration

About 'Iolani Luahine 
'Iolani Luahine was born in 1915 in Nāpo'opo'o. 'Iolani Luahine was admired as a famed hula dancer that preserved the ancient dance traditions. She was trained by her aunt Keahi Luahine, and she taught and coached her niece Hoakalei Kamau'u. Aunty 'Iolani’s superb talents, attractiveness to audiences, and personal commitment kept the ancient dance art from being lost. Her career is testament to the adage that dances are passed down like myths, from one artist to another. 'Iolani Luahine is one of Hawai'i’s premier performers and cultural treasures.

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