Hula

Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Moanalua Gardens Foundation

The 41st Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival is set for this Saturday and Sunday in a new venue.   This event, now at ‘Iolani Palace, is cherished as the largest non-competitive hula gathering in the islands.  Twenty distinguished hālau will perform, as the Moanalua Gardens Foundation pays tribute to chant and hula from Hawai‘i Island.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Professor Kalena Silva, who will be honored with the Namakahelu Oli Award.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

It’s not unusual to see parents with their babies strapped on their chests these days, and one of the most highly rated baby carriers of this type is the Ergobaby, invented on Maui.  For the past six years, inventor Karin Frost has been investing proceeds from her baby carrier’s success in Hōkū Nui, a project to create a regenerative community in Upcountry Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited Hōkū Nui with Kumu Hula Keali‘i  Reichel, who is creating a cultural center and home for his hālau as part of the project.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel’s Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile has numerous awards to its credit, including being overall winner at Merrie Monarch in 2011.  In an effort now to deepen their work, the Hālau is establishing a cultural center and joining in a larger effort to create a regenerative community on Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught up with Reichel in that pastoral setting for a wide ranging conversation that included a tip for hikers in Hawaiian forests.

Pa'i Foundation
Pa'i Foundation

The Maoli Arts Movement, or MAMO, Wearable Art Show established a base for native Hawaiian fashion when it began 12 years ago.  Last year, Manaola was the first Hawaiian to step from the MAMO stage into the New York Fashion Week spotlight.  This year, organizer Vicky Holt Takamine says the MAMO runway show features a Maui designer who is ready to take off.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

USGS
USGS

Kumu Hula Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole was raised in Hawaiian culture on Hawaiʻi island.  Her grandmother, educator Edith Kanakaʻole, was revered for her knowledge of hula and chant, and rigorous practice of those arts continues through Halau o Kekuhi, the family hula school.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kealiʻikanakaʻole’s view of the current eruption is firmly rooted in a connection with the lava, active continually underground.   

Volcano Helicopters
Volcano Helicopters

Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole is the Coordinator for the Center for Hawai’i Life Styles, UH Hilo. She’s an award winning singer, and a kumu hula, the eighth generation with Halau o Kekuhi, which bases its style of hula on the forces of Pele and her sister, Hiʻiaka.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Kealiʻikanakaʻole offers a different perspective on the current Kilauea eruption.

Kahu Kalani Wong

In the world of hula, Hilo has the Merrie Monarch Festival and Honolulu has the Keiki Hula Competition. For the past 42 years, Keiki Hula has cultivated the next generation of hula dancers – some as young as five years old. The group competition kicks off tonight with traditional hula. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

The Conversation: Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Aug 22, 2016
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Returning to Business After Hep-A; New Hawaii Crime Thriller; Extension of the Emergency Homelessness Proclamation; Talking Hula on Maui

Bouncing Back to Profitability After Hep-A: Gregg Fraser

The Conversation: Friday, April 15th, 2016

Apr 15, 2016
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State Education Budget; Art from Trash; Hula Honeys

What’s in the Education Budget: Jim Shon

The Conversation: Friday, April 8th, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
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Hawaiian Homelands; Hula Choreography; Kaho'olawe Update

$17-million Funding Request for DHHL: Sharla Manley

Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Moanalua Gardens Foundation

The Moanalua Gardens is devoted to preserving the native culture and environment of Hawaiʻi through education and cultural practice. They offer a range of educational programs, from school field trips, to weekend walks, and even cultural festivals. One of their most celebrated offerings is the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival.

Christopher Phillips explains...

MGF
MGF

Every year, the Prince Lot Hula Festival offers a prime opportunity to visit Moanalua Gardens, arguably the most beautiful hula venue in Hawai‘i.  This non-competitive festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who revived hula in Moanalua when it was still publicly banned.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at the history of this celebrated area.

  

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  The world's most prestigious hula festival begins this coming Sunday with a week's worth of hula and craft fairs that will bring thousands of people to Hilo.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the festival's director to learn what to expect in the fifty first Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

Hula Preservation Society
Hula Preservation Society

  

In 1937, across the street from the famous Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the Lexington Hotel knew it needed a signature draw.  The Hawaiian Room became just that.  Hawaiian entertainers backed by an American orchestra in a glamorous tropical setting wooed visitors to the Lexington and to the Islands for thirty years.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Irene Sutherland

Roselle Bailey’s hula school, Ka ‘Imi Na’auao O Hawai’i Nei, has students in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Samoa, and California, as well as on Oahu, Maui and Kaua’i.  Sixty of them will be gathering in Honolulu this week to present a capsulized version of Hawaiian history in theatre, song, hula and chant.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the program has been well received in Europe.

“Recalling Hawai’i” will be performed on Saturday, November 9th, 7:00 pm at the Hawai’i Theatre

Study Shows Health Benefits from Hula

Aug 5, 2013
Mele Look
Mele Look

You may remember the story on Friday linking hula with health benefits. We have more details on that study from the UH School of Medicine and the Queens Medical Center focusing on blood pressure and heart health. HPR's Molly Solomon tells us more.

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The Kumu Hula and prolific composer talks about the first poem he wrote in grade school, his songwriting philosophy and his latest release, “Hali`a i ka Poli.” Hear the complete interview from “Kanikapila Sunday” on March 24, 2013.