.He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine
Hula Festival &
The 16th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on January 25 & 26, 2019 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 Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Kumu Coline Aiu, Kumu Iwalani Kalima and Kumu Leialoha Lim-Amina. Ni’ihau style shell lei and/or earrings workshops will be presented by Kumu Kele Kanahele.
Hula presentations will begin at 4pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. The evening entertainment after the awards ceremony will feature music and dancing with Lehua Kawaikapuokalani Hewett & Friends. Saturday presentations began at 1pm and will feature the keiki, 'opio, wahine and kane presentations.
Local artisans will showcase their work on Saturday from 11:00 am to 5pm.
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
Laurence H. Dorcy