14th Annual ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival

January 29, 2016, 10:15 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:57 PM
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Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa and Keauhou Bay. file courtesy image.

Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa and Keauhou Bay. file courtesy image.

With a vision to perpetuate hula, the ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival was born in 2003, with ties to honoring the memory of ‘Iolani Luahine and her contributions to the preservation of hula and Hawaiian culture.

The festival continues into its 14th year, kicking off Friday night at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Hula presentations and a challenge to Kumu Hula with a prize for best demonstration of the values of ‘Iolani Luahine, education, and Hawaiian culture will take place.

In addition, the festival, which runs into Saturday, will consist of hula workshops presented by Miss Coline Aiu, Kumu Pa’akea Akiu and Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett.

Ni’ihau shell jewelry workshops with Kumu Kele Kanahele and lei workshops with Ben Mahi are also on the schedule.


Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, free hula presentations featuring makuahine, makuakane and kupuna hula will take place. The free hula will continue Saturday at 1 p.m. with keiki, wahine, and kane presentations.


Evening entertainment on Friday at 7 p.m. will have Kawaikapuokalani Hewett & Friends in the spotlight. Tickets for the show will be available at the door for $10 general admission and $15 reserved seating.

Hawaiian arts and crafts by local artisans will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

To learn more about the festival, visit the ‘Iolani Luahine Hula Festival website.

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