Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a

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Located at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, all guests are invited to participate in the monthly Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a. Taking place once a month, on the Saturday that is closest to when the full moon rises, guests can enjoy a night of entertainment and storytelling on the lawn of the oceanfront Eva Parker Woods Cottage.

At this FREE monthly event on the Big Island, all guests (residents and visitors) will be completely enthralled by the host Danny Kaniela Akaka, a Hawaiian Cultural historian. The location of the Eva Parker Woods cottage is the piko (spiritual center) of the ancient Hawaiian fishponds on the grounds of the Mauna Lani Hotel property. Here, all guests will marvel under a glorious Hawaiian full moon as they learn folklore connected to the land (mauka) and the ocean (makai) before them. With a true essence of the aloha spirit and a perfect venue, participants can expect to learn ancient Hawaiian folklore, share stories, learn ancient songs and dance, watch beautiful displays of Hawaiian hula dance, and stories of kupuna from all over the Hawaiian Islands.

Danny Kaniela Akaka is without a doubt the best guide for hosting a wonderful evening of Hawaiian cultural education under the Big Island’s full moon. “As Director of Cultural Affairs for the Mauna Lani, a position he has held since 2000, Kaniela shares his belief that Hawaiians represent the compatibility of humans with each other, the ‘ohana, and with all nature, the ‘aina. The secret and beauty of Hawai’i is the human spirit, which is pono, in right balance, and that is the way of being that Hawaiians practice.” (, 2015)

For more information about Twilight at Kalahuipua‘a events at the Mauna Lani Hotel, please visit Times are generally 5:30-8:30pm. Twilight dates and times are subject to change, so please plan ahead and confirm by contacting the Mauna Lani concierge at 808-881-7911.



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