.He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine
Hula Festival &
The 11th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on January 24, 25 & 26 2013 at the Hulihe'e Palace. 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.
This year the festival will again take place over three days and will include a Ni'ihau Shell Lei workshop, hula workshops and presentations and an educational challenge to Kumu Hula with a prize for the one who best demonstrates the values of ‘Iolani Luahine: education and Hawaiian culture. Workshops will be held at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel and the Educational Challange presentations will be held at Hulihe'e Palace.
Evening musical entertainment will be held at Hulihe'e Palace and is open for everyone to enjoy – tickets will be available at the door for a modest donation. Friday evening starting at 6:30 pm, enjoy listening to Aunty Diana Aki, the Songbird of Miloli'i. Saturday night at 6:30 pm a special live music concert is planned-details to follow!!
Saturday, on the grounds of Hulihe'e Palace, will also feature local quality handmade Hawaiian arts and crafts items along with entertainment all day from 9 am-6 pm.
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.