July 21-22, 2018
The 2018 festival, Ka Hanohano O Kamehameha...The Glory of Kamehameha, the 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival will return to Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, who helped reprise hula and reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872 at his official residence on the Palace grounds.
Admission to the Palace during the festival will be free.
Presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), the festival is the largest non-competitive hula celebration in the islands. Founded in 1978 by MGF as a gift to the community, the festival now attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year. Opening ceremonies on Saturday will include the Royal Order of Kamehameha, presentation of MGF's Malia Kau Award to renown Na Kumu Hula Nalani and Pua Kanakaole, followed by an impressive lineup of premier halau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kahiko (anicent) and auana (contemporary) hula. Halau from every major island will be participating and their kumu have been encouraged to include dancers from their out-of-state branches.
On Sunday, MGF will honor respected chanter Kalena Silva with its Namakahelu Oli Award as part of the opening program. The event will also feature a Hawaiian-themed craft fair, cultural demos and more.
Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Limited edition t-shirts and souvenir kokua buttons will be on sale. Proceeds from these merchandise sales will help cover the costs of the festival.
The public, and visitors, are welcome and encouraged to bring their beach chairs and mats and enjoy the fun, food and festivities in the magnificent setting of Iolani Palace. NOTE: No commercial photography is allowed.
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