Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 34th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival taking place at spectacular Moanalua Gardens on Saturday, July 16, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival is Hawai'i's oldest and largest non-competitive hula celebration held each year to honor Prince Lot Kapuâiwa who revived the once banned hula in the district of Moanalua.
They are: Hula Hâlau Olana led by kumu hula Olana Ai; Hâlau Hula O Maiki led by kumu hula Coline Aiu; Hâlau Na Mamo O Pu`uanahulu led by kumu hula Sonny Ching; Hâlau O Na Pua Kukui led by kumu hula Ed Collier; Nâ Pualei o Likolehua led by kumu hula Leinâ`ala Kalama Heine; Joan S. Lindsey Hula Studio led by kumu hula Joan Lindsey; Ka Pa Nani `O Lilinoe, led by Lilinoe Lindsey; Hâlau Hula Ka No'eau led by kumu hula Michael Pili Pang; Hâlau Hula O Namakahûlali led by kumu hula Shirley Recca; Pua Ali'i 'Ilima led by kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine have all confirmed their participation in this year's festival.
The event will feature both hula kâhiko (ancient) hula and chant, and 'auana (modern) hula performances. Dancers will perform on one of the few remaining pa hula (hula mounds) in Hawai`i.
A historical and cultural treasure, Moanalua Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in Honolulu on the island of O`ahu. Once a botanical garden, it is home to rare trees, foliage and historic structures.
Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Limited edition tee shirts and a souvenir button will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.
There is no charge to attend the festival however a button donation to MGF is requested to raise funds to support the event.
The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities under the shady monkeypod trees of Moanalua Gardens. No commercial photography is allowed.
Festival sponsors and supporters include the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, City and County of Honolulu, Aloha Pacific Credit Union, Hawaiian Airlines, Kamehameha Schools, The Queen's Medical Center, ING Direct, Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O'ahu Visitors Bureau, Honolulu Star Advertiser, MidWeek, and other businesses.
A non-profit organization founded in 1970, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF) is committed to preserving and perpetuating the native culture, environment, and people of Hawai'i through education, celebration and stewardship of Kamananui Valley and Moanalua Gardens.
Named in memory of Prince Lot, who later reigned as Kamehameha V, the festival was founded in 1978 by MGF and now attracts up to 10,000 residents and visitors each year. Moanalua was a favorite recreation spot for Prince Lot, who, despite harsh criticism from missionary entities, invited hâlau hula to perform at his pâ'ina (parties) held at his summer cottage in Moanalua. The cottage is now located at Moanalua Gardens, home of the Prince Lot Hula Festival.