.He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine
Hula Festival &
The 12th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on January 23, 24 & 25 2014 at a location to be announced soon. 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 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 a location soon to be announced.
Evening musical entertainment will be held and is open for everyone to enjoy – tickets will be available at the door for a modest donation.
Saturday the festival 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.