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Prince Lot 2017 looks to be the beginning of a new era for the festival.The new venue at Iolani Palace brought a sense of newness to the event as it celebrated 40 years of existence. will showcase twenty of Hawai`i’s finest hālau hula (hula groups) over the festival weekend. The largest non-competitive hula exhibition in Hawai‘i, the festival will be held this year at Iolani Palace where Prince Lot Kapuāiwa maintained his official residence.
Iolani Palace, Friends of Iolani Palace, Pasha Hawai’i Transport Lines, Cadinha and Company, Ironworkers Union, Local 625 and Ironworkers Union, Local 625 Stabilization Fund, Douglas Emmett Management LLC, KINE Radio/Summit Media Corporation and Urgent Care Hawaii.
“We encourage the entire community to join us for 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Iolani Palace.” “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with the Moanalua Gardens Foundation to once again host the Prince Lot Hula Festival on the grounds of Iolani Palace,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director of Museum Operations for Iolani Palace.
“Hula has always been an integral part of many Palace celebrations and the festival will carry on this time-honored legacy.” Founded in 1978 by MGF as a gift to the community, the festival now attracts thousands of residents and visitors each year.
Local food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Limited edition tee shirts and souvenir kōkua buttons will be on sale.
Opening ceremonies on Saturday will include the Royal Order of Kamehameha, presentation of MGF’s Malia Kau Award to renown Nā Kumu Hula Nalani and Pua Kanaka’ole, followed by an impressive line-up of premier hālau hula (hula groups) who will perform both kāhiko (ancient) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula.
Hālau from every major island will be participating and their kumu have been encouraged to include dancers from their out-of-state branches.In the 30 years that I have attended, I have never been so overcome with awe and praise for what I witnessed. So much love, pride, professionalism was exhibited by each halau. It made me a million times happier to be a member of MGF and made me wish I could be closer than 2500 miles away so I could be even more involved in this organization and event. Mahalo for inviting us to perform at the Prince Lot Festival at ‘Iolani Palace. He carries on the tradition of his great-great-grandfather James Kapihe Palea Kuluwaimaka, who became a chanter at age 19 in the royal court of King Kamehameha IV and was recognized at his death at age 100 in the 1930s as the “last court chanter.” Bridges’ for their dedication to the perpetuation of our hula traditions as taught to them by the late Maiki Aiu Lake, known as the mother of the Hawaiian Renaissance.My most heartfelt thanks go to everyone at MGF and I look forward to continuing my annual trek to Honolulu to help and support MGF. It was such an honor to perform at a most sacred place. Milton was one of the first male haumana of Aunty Maiki and the first male dancer in Waikiki’s most famous showrooms breaking new ground for other male dancers to follow.Your kōkua will help us keep this exciting event free yearafter-year.MGF is committed to continuing Huaka‘i o Kamananui, Aloha ‘Āina Moanalua and the Prince Lot Hula Festival but cannot without your support.The presentation of awards to some of the most deserving individuals in the history of hula and the Foundation was inspirational. This past weekend at the Prince Lot Hula Festival was an awesome experience for both groups of our hālau dancers and myself. anniversary of the Prince Lot Hula Festival taking place at Iolani Palace on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. It is presented by Moanalua Gardens Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Hawaii’s native culture and natural resources.