.He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine
Hula Festival &
The 14th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on January 29 & 30, 2016 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 Miss Coline Aiu, Kumu Pa'akea Akiu and Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Ni’ihau shell lei, bracelet and/or earrings workshops in the heliconia style with Kumu Kele Kanahele and lei la'i and lei haku workshops with Ben Mahi.
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!
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.
Original oil painting by Shelley Grisbrook