MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Crowds gathered on Saturday for the start of Hawaii's oldest and largest non-competitive hula event.
Moanalua Gardens once again played host to the Prince Lot Hula Festival.
"Moanalua, he wahi pana" or "Moanalua, a sacred place" is the theme of this year's festivities.
20 halau were welcomed to the gardens to exhibit their own unique, beautiful brands of hula.
Kumu Hula, Shirley Recca, of Halau Na Maka Hulali says hula is more than a dance, its an integral part of life.
"The more we hula the more we realize how great of a responsibility it is for us especially here the piko of hula we are able to share and thrive with hula" Recca said.
Other cultural integration activities taking place at this year's event include lauhala weaving, art demonstrations, and poi pounding.
Festivities continue on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.