.He Lei Hiwa No 'Iolani Luahine
Hula Festival &
The 13th annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival will be held on January 30 & 31, 2015 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.
Friday will feature two hula workshops with Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, a Ni’ihau shell earrings and/or bracelet workshop with Kumu Kele Kanahele and a lei making workshop with Ben Mahi. Saturday will feature a hula workshop by Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and an ipu heke workshop with Kalim Smith. Registration fees and information for the workshops are available here.
Hula presentations will begin at 5pm on Friday and feature makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula presentations. Saturday will begin at 1pm and will feature the keiki, wahine and kane presentations. A new category this year will feature mixed group presentations. The hula presentations on both days are a free community event and everyone is invited to attend! Donations accepted to support the festival.
Evening entertainment on Saturday will begin at 7pm and feature five time Na Hoku Hanohano award winning Hawaiian music group Waipuna!! General admission tickets $10 and reserved seating $15 will be available online and at the door and all proceeds will support the festival.
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